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The mother of NBA G League player Zeke Upshaw has filed a wrongful death lawsuit following his death on March 26, two days after he collapsed on the court during a game.
According to Dan Feldman, the law firm representing Jewel Upshaw released this statement regarding the suit:
Attorneys Crump and Hilliard and plaintiff Jewel Upshaw, Zeke’s mother, will announce a wrongful death lawsuit that will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Of New York. In the final minute of a game on March 24, Zeke Upshaw crumpled face-down on the court in full cardiac arrest. Despite this undeniable dire situation, no life-saving measures were attempted, no CPR was initiated and no defibrillator was used.
Defendants in the case will include the National Basketball Association, the Detroit Pistons Basketball Company and SSJ Group, owners of the Grand Rapids Drive, and the Deltaplex Arena, where the game was held.
Upshaw was playing for the Pistons’ G League team, the Grand Rapids Drive, during the time of his death.
The autopsy conducted showed that Upshaw died of “sudden cardiac death” and had “cardiac abnormalities” according to the medical examiner.
Upshaw was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and played college ball at Illinois State and Hofstra.
There should be a protocol that’s meant to handle these emergencies, and maybe this is the one good thing that can come out of this tragedy.
Play continued for around 15 seconds after Upshaw had collapsed and he was stretchered off almost three minutes later.
Upshaw’s mom says that she is suing in hopes to change the NBA policies so no other mother will have to experience what she went through.