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Sparks, Byears settle wrongful termination suit

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks and former player
Latasha Byears have settled a lawsuit in which she claimed she was
unfairly cut from the team.

Announcement of the resolution came in a statement released
Wednesday by Byears' lawyer, Scott Ames. Details of the settlement
were not announced.

Sparks attorney Jeffrey Lenkov said Thursday he could only
confirm the lawsuit had been resolved, citing a confidentiality
agreement.

Byears, who helped lead the Sparks to two league championships,
filed the wrongful termination suit in November 2004, claiming
sexual orientation and gender discrimination led to her dismissal.

The Sparks had previously characterized the lawsuit as without
merit.

She was cut from the team five days after a June 2003 party at
which she and three men were said to have assaulted a woman, a
former teammate. At the time, prosecutors said there was an
investigation, but no one was arrested and no charges were filed.