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(LOS ANGELES) — A source confirmed to ABC News on Friday that Donald Sterling was found to be “mentally incapacitated” following testing done by neurologists earlier this month.

Sterling’s wife Shelly had claimed that her husband was in the early stages of dementia. Her legal team claimed that the diagnosis of mental incapacity means that he does not have to agree for her to sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

On Friday, Donald Sterling’s attorney responded to claims of his client’s incapacity by saying that “any assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd.”

Still, on Friday, the NBA declared that the dispute between the Sterling Family Trust and the NBA over ownership of the Clippers had been resolved. The Clippers will be sold to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors. Additionally, the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team, cancelling a June 3 vote to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership. 

On Thursday, Shelly Sterling announced that she had signed a binding agreement with former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer to sell the team for $2 billion. Sterling released a statement saying that she was “delighted” to sell the team to Ballmer, adding that he “will be a terrific owner.”

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