Sterling Racist Scandal: Sponsors Swiftly Dropping Clippers
The NBA is still trying to figure out what to do with Donald Sterling. The wrinkled and portly Los Angeles Clippers owner is at the center of a media firestorm after audio of him allegedly (Insert rolling eyes here) making discriminatory comments about “minorities” went viral over the weekend.
The comments were made during a heated telephone exchange between Sterling and his Kardashian-esque paramour, V. Stiviano. The 31-year-old brunette, who is reportedly half-Mexican and half African-American, sent Donald into full Bitch Mode with her affinity for Instagramming snapshots with Black athletes (most notably, Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp).
Or, as Sterling would call them, “minorities.”
While the big bosses of b-ball take their time to “investigate” Sterling’s racially-charged comments, big business has been busy swiftly kicking the Clippers to the curb. CarMax and Virgin America both ended their sponsorship deals with L.A.’s second most popular basketball time on Monday. More companies are expected to follow suit.
Additionally, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has put the kibosh on plans to present Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement Award next month. Though, we think a better question would be why the NAACP (an organization that once prided itself on the advancement of “colored people”) thought it would be a good idea to present Donald Sterling with an award of any kind. The selection committee only needed to run a simple Google search to learn of the team owner’s history of racial discrimination in his real estate dealings. A 2009 lawsuit accused the leasing magnate of patently refusing to rent properties to African-Americans and Hispanics.
The case was later settled out of court.