CarMax and State Farm are pulling their sponsorships of the Los Angeles Clippers in response to racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling.
In a statement provided to The Huffington Post, Carmax, a used car chain, confirmed it would cut ties with the team, ending a nine-year partnership.
“CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable. These views directly conflict with CarMax’s culture of respect for all individuals,” a CarMax spokeswoman wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “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 company’s decision comes just hours after Steve Stoute, the CEO of marketing firm Transition, which represents State Farm, told ESPN radio that the insurance giant will be pulling its sponsorship as well.
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