Several sponsors have ended their partnerships with the Los Angeles Clippers after owner Donald Sterling was caught making racist comments, which have since been confirmed by two NBA lawyers, per TMZ Sports. Because of that, the Clippers had to make some changes to Staples Center.
Before Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors, workers blacked out advertisements around the arena:
Staples Center all completely covered up.--not the black drapery pic.twitter.com/hRaTHfJ3lH— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 29, 2014
Sponsorship signage covered by black fabric inside Staples Center pic.twitter.com/5kTQJ7h6e6— Kevin Armstrong (@KevinGArmstrong) April 29, 2014
Red Bull, Sprint, CarMax, KIA, Virgin America and Yokohama have all either suspended their marketing with the team or ended their partnership, per USA Today's David Leon Moore.