Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The NBA has announced that longtime Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser has taken an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately.
“This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances,” Mike Bass, the NBA executive vice president of communications, said in a statement.
Roeser took over the franchise’s day-to-day operations after owner Donald Sterling was banned for life last week but he would have had to answer to a new CEO.
However, Roeser’s name was also attached to a press release that questioned the veracity of audio capturing Sterling’s racist comments.
Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million last week for making racist remarks caught on audio tape that were released by TMZ.
Other than play-by-play broadcaster Ralph Lawler, Roeser is the second-longest tenured member of the franchise.
Roeser became executive vice president in 1984 after the Clippers moved from San Diego. He was promoted to team president in 1986.
Despite being in charge of the team’s business operations, Roeser had worked mostly behind the scenes.
He took on a visible role when he represented the Clippers at the 2009 NBA draft lottery. The Clippers won the first pick, which they used to select forward Blake Griffin of the University of Oklahoma.