Donald Sterling settles antitrust lawsuit over LA Clippers sale

The lawyer for his wife, Shelly Sterling, calls it a capitulation

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling, left, sits with her husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, during the Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. The former team owner has filed for divorce from Shelly Sterling, his attorney Bobby Samini said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling, left, sits with her husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, during the Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. The former team owner has filed for divorce from Shelly Sterling, his attorney Bobby Samini said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has dropped a lawsuit that claimed the NBA, his wife and others conspired to illegally sell the team for $2 billion.

Sterling’s lawyer, Bobby Samini, says he filed a request Friday to have the federal appeals case dismissed.

Samini says a settlement was reached. He won’t reveal details but says Sterling’s “very happy with the outcome.”

However, the lawyer for his wife, Shelly Sterling, calls it a capitulation.

Messages seeking NBA comment weren’t immediately returned.

Sterling was banned from the NBA for life in 2014 after it was revealed he’d made racist remarks to a friend.

His antitrust suit was filed in 2014 after his wife agreed to sell the Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. A judge dismissed the suit in March.

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