Sponsors Pull Support of Clippers
The struggle continues for the Los Angeles Clippers after alleged racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling hit the Iinternet over the weekend.
While the NBA hasn’t made a concrete move on the issue, the Clippers are feeling the heat in the form of sponsorship. State Farm, Red Bull and Kia Motors are among the companies that have pulled support of the team in the wake of this scandal.
“The remarks attributed to the Clippers owner are offensive,” State Farm said in a public statement. “While those involved sort out the facts, we will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization. We are monitoring the situation and we’ll continually assess our options. We have a great relationship with Chris Paul and will continue the Born to Assist advertising campaign involving Chris and now other NBA players.”
While Red Bull will no longer sponsor the team, the company said it will continue to support player Blake Griffin. Many companies have joined the league of people against Donald Sterling’s comments, but other major Clippers sponsors such as Yokohama and Corona beer have yet to pull out. Click here to read a full list of corporate statements.