The fiscal fallout has begun from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments. Several of the the team's sponsors, including CarMax, State Farm, Kia Motors, Virgin America airlines, Red Bull, Yokohama tires, and P. Diddy's water brand AQUAHydrate, are severing their ties to the team.
"CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable," a rep for the company tells TMZ, adding, "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."
State Farm announced its decision via Twitter. "We will be taking a pause in our relationship with the organization." No word on what State Farm will do with it's "Chris/Cliff Paul" ad campaign.
TeeRoy's 2 Cents:
- They shouldn't end the Chris Paul campaign. He didn't do anything wrong.
- If nothing else really got the NBA's attention, this will.
- Now sponsors have to start dropping other teams until something is done. That will motivate other owners.