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Things are getting real serious for L.A Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the NBA in general after the racist comment Sterling said about African Americans.
In addition, more interesting news has come out about Donald Sterling, such as Sterling was sued twice for discrimination and has faced allegations of racism in the past.
Moreover, after the comment four companies discontinued their sponsorship of the team. The first to pull out was CarMax who has had a 9- year relationship with the team. A rep for CarMax stated,
"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."
The Next to cop out was State Farm who has suspended their relationship with the Clippers, stating,
Virgin America also has decided to discontinue its sponsorship of the team as they stated,
Kia is joined the growing list of sponsors who are pulling the plug on their sponsorship of the L.A Clippers. A rep for the company stated,
"The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values….We are suspending our advertising and sponsorship activations with the Clippers. Meanwhile, as fans of the game of basketball, our support of the players and the sport is unwavering.”
On top of all that, Sterling was set on receiving a NAACP award on next month, though, now it is unknown. The NAACP is now revising their guidelines on selecting an honoree in light of the Donald Sterling situation.
But that is not all! Al Sharpton as well as Tank has put their two cents on the Sterling comment as well.
Check out what both the singer and black activist had to say below.