Longtime Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser will take an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately, the NBA announced today.
Roeser took over the franchise’s day-to-day operations after owner Donald Sterling was banned for life last week, though he would have had to answer to a new CEO. However, his name was also attached to a press release that questioned the veracity of audio capturing Sterling’s racist comments.
He joined the team in 1984, and has been the president since 1986.
“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.