Andy Roeser is taking an indefinite leave of absence as president of the Los Angeles Clippers, who face the prospect of a forced sale after owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks were made public last month.
Roeser’s leave is effective immediately, said the National Basketball Association, which three days ago said it would appoint a chief executive officer to oversee the team.
“This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver last month said he was banning Sterling, the league’s longest-tenured owner, for life and that he would ask owners to force a sale of the team. Twenty-three of 30 owners would have to approve.
Sterling hasn’t said whether he will fight the league’s punishment.
The Clippers lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 1-0 in their second-round playoff series.