Los Angeles Clippers face sponsorship boycott after race row

Sponsors may slam-dunk Los Angeles Clippers after team owner Donald Sterling allegedly made racist remarks which shocked the entire country.

updated: April 29, 2014 09:29 IST
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Los Angeles: Wary sponsors lined up to dump the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday as pressure mounted over racist remarks allegedly made by the NBA team's owner, the embattled billionaire Donald Sterling.

Among them was a water brand owned by rap music star Sean "Diddy" Combs, as the National Basketball Association said it would make an announcement on Tuesday about the league's investigation of Sterling, whose team is valued at $575 million by Forbes magazine. (Also read: Race remarks haunt Los Angeles Clippers ahead of playoff game)

Comments attributed to Sterling, heard in a recording first made public by celebrity news website TMZ at the weekend, have set off a firestorm around the 80-year-old real-estate tycoon, who bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981. (Related: Clippers' players make silent protest)

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