Donald Sterling has apparently given up his attempt to stop the $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer on Wednesday after an appeals court rejected his latest petition.

The ruling ends a nearly four-month drama around the Clippers after Sterling's recorded comments about blacks became public.

Two of Sterling's attorneys, Maxwell Blecher and Bobby Samini, said in a joint statement they are "deeply disappointed that he has been deprived from ownership of the Clippers" without the appellate court reviewing "this harsh result."

"Nevertheless, we are confident Donald will be completely vindicated in his federal case against the NBA," the statement said. "More importantly, we believe that the 'popular' ruling in the probate matter is a serious blow to the privacy rights for all Americans."

The attorneys did not elaborate on the statement.

Steve Ballmer's attorney, Adam Streisand, said in a statement that "we are beyond thrilled and gratified and supremely confident that this is now over and done" and described Ballmer as the "undisputed owner" of the Clippers.