The president of the Los Angeles Clippers, Andy Roeser, has take a leave of absence for an indefinite period of time. The president’s leave of absence comes as the team deals with the fallout of team owner Donald Sterling’s comments that led the National Basketball Association (NBA) to fine and ban him from the NBA for life. Since that development, the NBA and the team has been searching for a new CEO.
Roeser started working for the Clippers in 1984 and in 2007, he took over as the president of the team. Since Sterling’s suspension, Roeser has been managing the day-to-day operations of the team. In an official written statement, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said, “This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances.”
The commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver is still attempting to force Sterling to give up the team after his 33 years of ownership. During the initial press conference where Silver announced the fine and suspension, he vowed to use everything within his legal powers as commissioner to force Sterling out of his ownership. Most recently, the NBA announced they were seeking a new CEO to take over the operations of the team. Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who is a co-owner of the Clippers, has said she agrees with the NBA’s punishment against her husband. This past weekend, she also approved Silver’s plan to find a new CEO for the team.
The management turmoil within the Clippers has not affected the teams abilities on the court. Monday night, the Clipper’s defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-105 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.