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's lawyer, Scott
Ames, in Los Angeles.
Details of the settlement were not announced.
Sparks attorney Jeffrey Lenkov said Thursday he could
only confirm the lawsuit had been resolved, citing a
Byears, who helped lead the Sparks to two league
championships, filed the wrongful termination suit in
November 2004, claiming that sexual-orientation and
gender discrimination led to her dismissal. The Sparks
had previously characterized the lawsuit as being 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. (AP)
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