In the wake of Donald Sterling's horribly offensive comments about minorities, a number of high-profile companies have pulled their sponsorship of his professional basketball team.
Red Bull, State Farm, CarMax, AQUAhydrate, Kia and Virgin America all announced today that they are at the very least suspending all affiliation with the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We trust and respect the NBA’s process to formally investigate the matter, and in the interim, are suspending all team-related marketing activities,” Red Bull said in a statement. "We will continue to support our Red Bull athlete, Blake Griffin, his teammates and coaching staff in their pursuit of an NBA title."
"CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable. 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."
A number of celebrities have also spoken out against Sterling. Here is what they've said:
If I was a Clipper fan, I wouldnât be one anymore. Itâs that simple. But if I was a Clipper player, a current Clipper player, you wouldnât see me on the court anymore in that uniform.Lil Wayne
- Permalink: Take off that uniform
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything. You just let them talkâ¦ We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often.Barack Obama
- Permalink: It speaks for itself
It's a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans. He has a team full of amazing African-American basketball players that are working to bring a championship to Clippers fans. The Clippers also have a strong minority fan base.Magic Johnson
- Permalink: What a shame
Shaquille O'Neal: Everyone has their thoughts. When your opinions and thoughts become public knowledge, the question is, now what? Another question is: will his team shut down on him and take his remarks personally?...I think the league should take a long hard look on whether this guy should continue to be an owner or not.
- Permalink: Should he own the team?
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, meanwhile, has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. EST tomorrow in which he will address the league's investigation into Sterling's remarks.