Sponsors step away from Clippers after Sterling remarks

Sponsors for the Clippers began their exodus following team owner Donald Sterling’s remarks, with a slew of companies either suspending or terminating their partnerships with the team. Brands such as CarMax and Virgin America both stated that they were ending their deals. “CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable,” the company said in a statement Monday. “These views directly conflict with CarMax’s culture of respect for all individuals. While we have been a proud Clippers sponsor for 9 years and support the team, fans and community, these statements necessitate that CarMax end its sponsorship.” Meanwhile, partners who are now hitting the pause button also include the likes of Kia, Red Bull, AQUAHydrate and State Farm.

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