The Chumash Indians who have been a 4 year sponsor of the Los Angles Clippers will no longer continue their sponsorship. They own the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Here is their full statement:
Full statement from Chumash Indians, presenting sponsor of Clippers season for last 4 years: “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.”
Vincent Armenta, Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
A powerful statement indeed. That makes the 7th company to suspend or stop sponsoring the Clippers, including Red Bull who also wants their signs removed from Staples Center right away.