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L.A. Clippers

FIRST SPONSOR PULLS OUT

After Sterling Comments

4/28/2014 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The L.A. Clippers have lost their first sponsor in the wake of the Donald Sterling audio -- CarMax has announced it will end its 9-year relationship with the team ... TMZ Sports has learned.


A rep for CarMax -- the largest used car retailer -- tells us, "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." 

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1.

BobbyC    

LA KKKlipers

93 days ago
2.

Nvts    

It's only the beginning.

93 days ago
3.

JFO    

Yeah!!! Yet another controversy with enough publicity attached to it to warrant the race baiters coming out of the woodwork for their time at the mic. Let's see ... we've got Al Sharpton (check), threatening to go
after advertisers if he doesn't get what he wants (check), Sharpton angling to make money off of this for himself in any way he can (check), the president weighing in on something that doesn't concern him and he should have little time for to begin with but it's yet another distraction from his dismal performance as president so why not jump right in (check), and where's Jesse???? You know he's asleep at the switch when he lets Sharpton beat him to the podium on something like this. Bottom line: Sterling is a bigot; has been for years. Doesn't make it right but but neither does taping someone in a private conversation so you can get your 15 minutes of fame off of it either. It's just amazing to me that we can muster such ire against Sterling over this and yet, if this was a black owner saying anything like this about whites I doubt there would be even half of the feigned outrage we're getting here.

93 days ago
4.

Santo    

So this is still headline news, huh?

93 days ago
5.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

This would be settled in 2 seconds if the players had balls to stand up for themselves #wimps

93 days ago
6.

Tazz    

Why do people really care what an 80yo says? He'll be dead in a few short years. It's not really surprising and all this fake outrage pisses me off more than the comments.

93 days ago
7.

Lee256    

I hope magic johnson can somehow buy the Clippers from right under Sterlings nose.That would be awesome!!

93 days ago
8.

Sid    

Carmax is a joke. They are very predatory in their lending practices and will rip you off if you try and trade in a car with them.

93 days ago
9.

kewljewl    

Aaaand it starts...Paula deen anyone???

93 days ago
10.

Keyser Söze    

That's pretty much the only way (sponsors walking away from the Clippers) that could truly justify the ousting of Sterling. And, even then, I doubt the NBA have broad, executive powers to force him to sell his franchise.

93 days ago
11.

Marlene R.    

He's an old man - with jaded, old-style views. If she's with him for his money she is owned by him. Not even money would keep me with a guy who looks like he does and thinks like he does...

93 days ago
12.

Santo    

This story is producing just as much racism as it claims to oppose.

93 days ago
13.

HRH Prince Michael    

Memo
To: All Christian and Jewish Sisters and Brothers
From His Royal Highness Prince Michael of The House of David
Subject: BOYCOTT Car Max


Craigslist.com/NYC/Rant and Rave Section:
"The House of David: x7"

93 days ago
14.

jkitovar05    

Ok so random thought here, but since when does anyone give a rats ass about the Clipper's anyway?? I lived in Los Angeles for 8 years. I never even knew that there was a second professional basketball team. When I first recall hearing about them about a year ago I thought it was a joke. Like for a movie or a tv show. To Lampoon the Lakers.

93 days ago
15.

Leanne    

They are stopping the cash flow. Once those sponsers start pulling out it's serious and it doesn't matter what people are saying. This is a message!!

93 days ago
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