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NBA & Pistons sued over wrongful death of player Zeke Upshaw

Attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hillard filed the lawsuit on behalf of Jewel Upshaw, Zeke's mother, at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday.


Kahron Spearman


A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the NBA and the Detroit Pistons in the death of Zeke Upshaw, who collapsed and died suddenly of heart failure during the final minutes of a G-League game on March 24, according to ESPN.

 

Attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hillard filed the lawsuit on behalf of Jewel Upshaw, Zeke's mother, at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday. 

When the otherwise healthy heart of a professional NBA athlete suddenly stops during a game there is absolutely no reason, in 2018, that his heart cannot be immediately restarted. No attempts were made to save Zeke Upshaw's life. No CPR, no defibrillation, nothing. This is the tragedy of this case, Zeke should be alive today, the human consequences are difficult to quantify.

The lawsuit stems from a game where Upshaw playing for Pistons affiliate Grand Rapids Drive went into full cardiac arrest. According to the lawsuit, in the final minutes of the game, he was collapsed on the floor, and no life-saving measure was taken to address Upshaw's condition. 

 

There appears to be video evidence - game footage - that would corroborate the accusations.

 

Upshaw, 26, was subsequently kept on life support for two days, before perishing. 

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