The Chumash Casino Resort and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians pulled its sponsorship from the Los Angeles Clippers after owner Donald Sterling allegedly made racist comments. Sterling is not denying he warned his then-girlfriend to stop posting photos of herself with African-Americans. Vincent Armenta, the Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, released an official statement saying, "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." CarMax, Virgin America, and State Farm have also pulled sponsorships from the Clippers and the NAACP canceled plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Sterling. The NBA could take action as soon as today.