"While this is a painful step, it is a necessary one as we move forward with the NBA to make the Clippers organization one of the most professional and successful franchises in all of sports," Sterling said in a statement. "For nearly three decades, Andy has been a crucial part of putting together our winning team, both on the court and in the front office. Everyone in the Clippers family owes him a huge debt of gratitude for his efforts.
"The team's senior management — including
Roeser has been the Clippers' president since 1986. His bid to stay with the team was jeopardized by a statement he released defending co-owner Donald Sterling regarding controversial comments Sterling made about blacks.