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:
[Donald Sterling is a] bitch-ass redneck, white bread, chicken sh-t mother f-cker.Snoop Dogg
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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.