Clippers VP Safety resigns

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers long-time Vice President of Communications Joe Safety has resigned, the team announced Friday.

Safety had just completed his 20th season with the organization where he acted as the primary spokesman and coordinator of all areas of public and media relations.

Before joining the Clippers in 1993, Safety served as the Director of Media Relations of the New York Yankees and the 1979 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

The West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia University also worked for the public relations firm of Mahoney/Wasserman and Associates and the Financial News Network before joining the Clippers.

Rob Raichlen, who had been the Director of Communications for the Clippers, and had also been with the team for 20 seasons, resigned at the beginning of last season.

Dennis Rogers, who had been the Director of Basketball Communications for the New Orleans Hornets, joined the Clippers shortly after Raichlen’s departure and currently serves as the Director of Team PR and Publications.

The Clippers Communications Department now consists of Director of Communications Seth Burton, Rogers, Assistant Director of Media Services and PR Ta'Nisha Cooper and Assistant Director of Communications and Publications Steven Esparza.