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Kia

We're Driving Off

with Our Los Angeles Clippers Sponsorhip

4/28/2014 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Kia Clippers Sponsorship
Kia
is joining the growing list of sponsors who are pulling the plug on their sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the car company -- which has an advertising campaign built around Clippers star Blake Griffin -- released a statement to TMZ Sports, saying. "The comments allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, are offensive and reprehensible, and they are inconsistent with our views and values."

The statement continues, "We are suspending our advertising and sponsorship activations with the Clippers. Meanwhile, as fans of the game of basketball, our support of the players and the sport is unwavering.”

As TMZ Sports first reported, CarMax, Virgin America and State Farm have all pulled their advertising dollars from the team following Donald Sterling's racist remarks.

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12:30 PM PT -- Add LoanMart to the list -- a rep tells TMZ Sports, "The statements allegedly made by Donald Sterling are completely inconsistent with the views and ethics of the LoanMart organization. As a result, LoanMart is suspending our advertising and sponsorship activities for the Los Angeles Clippers."

11:12 AM PT --
Now Amtrak's out too. A rep for the train company tells us the company's sponsorship expired at the end of the regular season, and it's now working to remove ALL advertising assets from the market in the wake of the Sterling audio.

The rep tells us, "Amtrak believes the language used is unacceptable and is inconsistent with our corporate belief to treat everyone with integrity and dignity."

The rep adds, "Moving forward, we will continue to monitor the situation as we look to make decisions about 2014-15 sports marketing sponsorships.”

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17 COMMENTS

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1.

Tazz    

Dude is 80 yo and will be dead soon. Who cares what he says. False outrage is worse than what he said. Nobody is stopping their cash flow. Players are still cashing Big Poppa Racists' checks, fans are still buying tickets and coming to the game.

Everyone else pops their .02 in for some publicity.


Just stop it.

87 days ago
2.

K South West    

This may actually help the LA Clippers by not being responsible for the Killer In Action ... just kiddn...

87 days ago
3.

Stiletto    

Send that money to Chick-fil-a!

87 days ago
4.

YoursTruly    

Sooo players should shut up and take the racism because they are being paid? Help me understand I skipped Moron 101

87 days ago
5.

Ace    

I was just going to buy a KIA from CarMax, insure it with StateFarm, drive around drinking Red Bull, pick up a Virgin......now???

87 days ago
6.

StevenB    

And none of these companies cared at all about his decades of very well-do***ented and pervasive discrimination, which led to very public lost law suits.

Better than nothing, I guess. But not by much.

87 days ago
7.

Jacob90    

If he hates black people. Donald has freedom of speech.......I have speech problems people picked on me all my life they didn't get in trouble I was told it was their freedom of speech no difference here if so **** this so called world

86 days ago

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