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State Farm Insurance Takes Stand On Clippers Owner

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:28:47 CDT
By: AP

State Farm Insurance Co. is pulling its sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers following racist comments that have been attributed to the team's owner. In a statement, the Bloomington, Ill.-based insurer says the remarks attributed to Donald Sterling ``are offensive.'' The company says it is ``taking a pause'' in its relationship with the organization ``while those involved sort out the facts.'' Sterling is alleged to have made the comments in a recorded conversation with a woman. Parts of that conversation were released by TMZ and Deadspin, prompting a national outcry. State Farm says that for now it will continue to run its ``Born to Assist'' ad campaign, which features Clippers player Chris Paul. Used car dealership chain CarMax and airline Virgin America also say they're ending their team sponsorships.

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