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The NBA and Detroit Pistons facing wrongful death lawsuit after G-League player collapsed and died on the court in March

By Scooby Axson
May 30, 2018

The NBA is facing a lawsuit that will be filed by the mother of a G-League player that collapsed and died during a game in March.

Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, lawyer Bob Hilliard and Upshaw's mother, will file a wrongful death lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of Zeke Upshaw, who played for NBA G-League's Grand Rapids Drive.

The attorneys are claiming negligence in Upshaw's death.

The 26-year-old Upshaw collapsed during a game against the Long Island Nets on March 24. He died two days later.

A medical examiner later determined that Upshaw suffered a "sudden cardiac death" after collapsing on the court.

"Despite this undeniable dire situation, no life-saving measures were attempted, no CPR was initiated and no defibrillator was used," a statement from Crump said.

The NBA, The Detroit Pistons, The Grand Rapids Drive's owners and the Deltaplex Arena, where the game was held, are the defendants in the case.

Upshaw, who played college Illinois State and Hofstra, spent the last two seasons with the Drive, appearing in 75 games. He averaged 7.6 points during his tenure with the team.

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