Chumash Casino pulls sponsorship of LA Clippers
May 1, 2014
The Chumash Casino Board announced Monday it is pulling its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team following racist comments attributed to the team’s owner Donald Sterling.
Sterling is alleged to have made negative comments about African Americans while speaking with his bi-racial girlfriend. Portions of that conversation were played over the weekend on TMZ and Deadspin, leading multiple sponsors to pull their support.
The Chumash released the following statement:
“We’ve always been proud supporters of the Los Angeles Clippers, however, the recent statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner have forced us to reconsider our relationship.
“We remain supportive of the members of the team and we wish them the very best going forward. As a group that has long been marginalized itself, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Chumash Casino Resort are especially sensitive to maintaining the dignity of all people. We cannot ignore any statement that causes harm or hurts any group. As a result, we’re withdrawing our sponsorship of the Clippers organization.”