COLUMBUS — Ohio State University and former star linebacker Chris Spielman have reached a $140,000 settlement regarding the university’s use of the athlete’s name and image.

Both the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Ohio Court of Claims must approve the agreement.

A complaint and subsequent settlement were filed Friday in the Ohio Court of Claims between the university and the two-time All-American, according to online records. A short complaint, filed only to obtain court approval for the settlement, outlined similar issues raised in a pending federal class-action civil lawsuit filed by Spielman last year over the university’s use of athletes’ likenesses.

Ohio State agrees to pay Spielman the lump sum of $140,000 as compensation for his alleged damages, but the parties agree that the payment is not an admission of liability by the university. Spielman will be responsible for all income tax liability on the payment. In return, Spielman agrees to release Ohio State from any liability or further claims in the state Court of Claims case or the federal civil case.

However, the proposed settlement with Ohio State states that the agreement does not have any effect or bearing on Spielman's claims against IMG College, LLC, the talent management involved with 64 banners that were hung in Ohio Stadium featuring players’ likenesses and a corporate logo for Honda.

Ohio State and Spielman issued a joint statement Friday confirming that the two had reached an agreement. The settlement states that neither Ohio State nor Spielman will make any further statements about the two court cases except to any taxing authority or under a subpoena. The two sides also agreed in the settlement that "they will not make any disparaging statements or representations, either directly or indirectly, whether orally or in writing by word or gesture, to any person whatsoever, about the other parties to this agreement..."

Spielman, a Canton native and Massillon football product, was a lead plaintiff in a class-action suit filed against Ohio State and talent management firm IMG in July 2017, alleging that his image and other athletes’ images were used without permission or compensation.

Spielman will be donating the money from the settlement to the William White Family Fund for ALS and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State, the parties’ joint statement said. The latter is named for Spielman's wife, Stefanie, who died of breast cancer in 2009.