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Apr 28, 2014 5:37 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Chumash pull sponsorship of L.A. Clippers

The Chumash Casino Resort and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has pulled its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers after the owner of the team allegedly made racist comments.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling is not denying he warned his then-girlfriend to stop posting photos of herself with African Americans.

An official statement released by Vincent Armenta, the Tribal Chariman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, states: "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."

Companies CarMax, Virgin America, and State Farm have also pulled sponsorships and the NAACP canceled plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Sterling.

The NBA could take action as soon as Tuesday.

For more on this story, watch KSBY News Monday night at 5 and 6.

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