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Clippers’ president Andy Roeser takes “indefinite leave of absence”

May 6, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

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Andy Roeser has been Donald Sterling’s right-hand man for three decades. First it was in the real estate business, and for many years now as the president of the Los Angeles Clippers.

But with Sterling out, Roeser is out, too — he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately, the league announced.

“This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances,” said Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications, for the NBA.

It was Roeser’s name on the first, defiant response from the Clippers when the scandal of Donald Sterling’s (latest) racist remarks broke. That response questioned if the tapes had been altered and said the woman was being sued by the Sterling family (which is true, just by his wife Shelly, not Donald). It was vintage Sterling, ready for a fight.

It had Roeser’s name on it but he didn’t want to approach it that way, he wanted a “we will cooperate with the NBA investigation” and admit nothing response, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Still, this was expected. The NBA is cleaning house of things Sterling in the Clippers organization. The owners are moving forward with steps that would, if voted on an approved, allow the league to take control and sell the team to a new ownership group.

Sterling will fight that. We’ll see about Roeser, who may prefer to stand on the sidelines of this fight.

  1. mp4philly - May 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Right hand man? Or right hand arm man?

    • nflcrimerankingscom - May 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      His silly rabbit.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - May 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Silly rabbit!

  2. jattsoorma - May 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    im glad this racist is out

  3. sportsfan18 - May 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    mess cleaner upper…

  4. bougin89 - May 6, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    So technically speaking the NBA/Adam Silver is kind of like the acting owner here(without actually owning anything). They do get to hire the “boss man” of the Clippers.

  5. capya - May 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    As “acting owners” of the Clippers, I fully expect Adam Silver to negotiate and close a Chris Paul for Steve Nash trade by the end of the week.

    • abchome - May 7, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      You can have Cliff Paul.

  6. jerdogthompson - May 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Yep, like I said on an earlier post.

    *Clippers will have a new owner this time next year.

    *NBA bylaws clearly allow the eventual forced sale.

    The people hoping for a long fight or, I hope DTS can keep the team are either Laker fans hoping for Clipper players to switch teams or kids living in their parents basement with the sole means of satisfaction coming from spewing nonsense about things that clearly are above their education level.

    Keep the nonsense coming, it makes for good comedy.

    #InDocwetrust

    • ihavenonickname - May 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Man I hope you are right, but the vague language in the NBA constitution and citing gambling and not paying bills as reasons for forced sale make me worry about a long legal battle.

    • phillyguyindc - May 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      I don’t know which bylaws you speak of, I didn’t see anything that they could use to force him out and when Adam Silver was asked about it at the press conference, he dodged the question and put the burden on the owners and legal system. Another note: if the vote is a private vote and not public, I bet it is much closer than you think it will be.

    • therealhtj - May 6, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Sorry long suffering Clipper fans, I know it’s wishful thinking on your part to hope for a quick departure from the Sterling era, but the old man ain’t going down without a fight. You’re all the same fans who figured there’s no way for Sterling to screw this up again.

      Pretty much every podunk market is rallying against this, not just Lakers. The last thing they need is there being two top FA destinations in Los Angeles.

  7. brookwell2013 - May 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    A critical clause in the NBA consitution is 14j which says that none of the signatories (all the Owners) shall not contest anything related to a termination in any court of law. It’s like a no contest clause in an estate plan. I just don’t see how Sterling beats that, yes he can file a lawsuit (probably in US District court in LA) but he’s gonna get blown out by motion….my two cents.

  8. mogogo1 - May 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    The court cases could drag on for a long while. Wonder if the NBA really wants to run the team for that long a period of time? And their wanting to run the sale when they’re not the actual owner is problematic. Sterling is going to claim he was shorted on the sale price and it’ll be tough for the league to avoid that perception, especially since they’ll want some say in who the next owner is. It’d be far cleaner if the league bought Sterling out, then they’d be the true owner and could handle the sale however they wanted.

  9. jerdogthompson - May 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Brook well, nice to know someone has actually read the bylaws before espousing their utter nonsense based upon nothing more than a “it was on a blog I read man”.

    All the owners sign away their right to sue when they agree to all judgements handed down by the NBA are arbitrary. I will wait a moment while you google that…,,,,,,,

    DTS agreed to arbitration, you will not find a judge willing to step in and hear a case when the plaintiff has already agreed to handle the matter by arbitration.

    But go on and keep the comedy coming, it only serves to elevate your perceived IQ for this board.

    #InDocwetrust

  10. jerdogthompson - May 6, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Htj

    Do yourself a favor and read the bylaws and then come back and enlighten us all. It’s priceless that you think “long suffering” Clipper fans has anything to do with this. Regardless if I’m a clipper fan or not (I am) the posts I have made and will continue to make are based upon the findings of legal EXPERTS (of which you clearly are not) that have rendered their professional legal opinion based upon their interpretation of the NBA bylaws.

    But go on, just keep changing your screen name so as to try and throw off the fact that’s its only one moron that keeps posting all this nonsense that has ZERO fact and is based upon their hope or opinion.

    #InDocwetrust

    • therealhtj - May 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Confirmation bias is a lovely thing when it satisfies your longstanding desire for the Clippers to actually become contenders and Sterling gets forced out. Bylaws or no, arbitration is seldom as biding as you hope it is in this case.

      If it were easy to scroll through the archives, you can go back to the day I said the NBA will regret empower a scumbag like Donald Sterling with the NBA’s best point guard. I knew it then, and you as a Clipper fan should’ve been none too surprised when the tape came out. Doc, in whom we all know you trust (Boston fans did too), was all too aware of what a man Sterling is.

      Congrats Clipper fan. Your franchise is finally not a laughing stock. Enjoy it – it may actually stick this time.

  11. jkaflagg - May 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    This was always the guy who was sent out to try and sell Sterling’s Dr. Strangelove moves; always wondered whether he was really on board or was just a lackey who realized how silly he sounded but was willing to play it out and get paid…..Sure the “leave of absence” in lieu of a resignation is a prelude to a “give me $$$$ to make me go away” settlement; working for Donald for 30 years would certainly teach someone how to lawyer up, if nothing else…..

  12. jerdogthompson - May 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Htj

    Powerful demonstration of the ultimate vernacular indeed. You have merely reinforced my point. You truly just don’t get it. That is fine, as they say ignorance truly is bliss. I digress, once you’ve boned up on your homework you’re always welcome to come back and have a worthwhile debate. I will give you all the google time you need.

    #InDocwetrust

  13. jerdogthompson - May 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I hesitated to actually prove my statements with actual facts, this is per espn.com

    But sources with knowledge of the league’s strategy say there are, in fact, actual contracts that it will maintain Sterling violated should he choose to fight the league’s desire to force him to sell the team if the league can get the required 75 percent of owners to agree to make the move. One of those documents, which Sterling signed when he first bought the Clippers in 1981, and signed various amended versions since, states that an owner will not take any position or action that will materially and adversely affect a team or the league. Owners also sign morals clauses, which state that they will be upheld to the highest standard of ethical and moral behavior – See more at:
    http://hoopshype.com/rumors/tag/los_angeles_clippers#sthash.K9g1agaK.dpuf

    Your move htj, your move………

  14. qball59 - May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    @JerkDog:

    1)I am not “therealhtj”. My nick is qball59, and “therealhtj” and I are not the same person. It’s time to descend from the fog of your own self-importance and realize that there is more than one person posting here who thinks you’re a pompous ass.

    2)Article 35A specifically deals with misconduct by owners. It is, or should be, the controlling statute in this instance, since it is the section that most clearly addresses DTS’ actions. The NBA, and you, are tilting at windmills if you seriously believe that Article 13(d) can be stretched, twisted and hammered into some tortured legal argument that will permit the termination of DTS’ ownership of the Clippers. Again, if Adam Silver or any other Owner thought a charge under Article 13(d) would stick, they would have already stepped up to the plate and done so. Actions speak louder than words and, in this case, the NBA’s inaction is shouting loud and clear…

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