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Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports

Donald Sterling has called off the fight.

He will not challenge the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, his attorney confirmed Wednesday to USA TODAY Sports. He also will drop the lawsuit he filed against the NBA on Friday.

"All disputes and outstanding issues have been resolved," Bobby Samini, an attorney for Sterling, said Wednesday.

But Sterling still will have plenty of money to show for it.

The Clippers owner since 1981, he had considered contesting the deal reached by his wife, Shelly, last week to sell the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, a record for an NBA franchise. But such an effort might have required him to battle her in court and challenge a recent finding about his mental health. The sale to Ballmer must be approved by three-fourths of the NBA's owners.

The Clippers are held by the Sterling Family Trust, with Donald and Shelly Sterling each owning 50%. After racist comments by Donald Sterling surfaced in an audio recording in April, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced he had banned Sterling for life and would move to force a sale of the team. Sterling on May22 gave his wife written authorization to sell on his behalf, but then he sued the league.

The legal conflict didn't last long. The NBA canceled the hearing after Shelly Sterling reached the deal with Ballmer. She acted as the sole trustee of the family trust, relying on a provision that gave her the power to make such decisions after a neurological exam in May found Donald Sterling was mentally unfit, USA TODAY Sports reported last week.

 

June 5, 2014

 

 
 

 

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