Unclear whether Hornets' Mott was fired or resigned

Updated: July 10, 2006, 1:40 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- New Orleans Hornets president Paul Mott has left the organization, a team spokesman said Monday.

"I can confirm that Paul Mott is no longer with the organization," said Michael Thompson, director of corporate communications for the Hornets. "Club policy prevents us from commenting further."

It was unclear whether Mott resigned or was fired.

Mott, who oversaw the team's day-to-day business operations, was hired April 28, 2005. He previously worked for the NBA's league office in New York, where he worked as senior director of team marketing and business development.

In that position, Mott worked with eight league franchises, including the Hornets, on marketing development, ticket sales and community relations.

Before joining the NBA's league office in 2001, Mott spent five years with Major League Soccer.

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