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NBA, Pistons settle lawsuit with mother of deceased minor-leaguer

Zeke Upshaw

In a photo from Feb. 28, 2018, Grand Rapids Drive forward Zeke Upshaw looks to pass during a basketball game in Detroit. Upshaw, the Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died. The Grand Rapids Drive says 26-year-old Upshaw died at a hospital Monday, March 26, 2018. No cause was disclosed. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)


Zeke Upshaw suffered a cardiac episode while playing for the Pistons’ minor-league team, the Grand Rapids Drive, and died last year.

His mother, Jewel Upshaw, sued.

T.J. Quinn of ESPN:

NBA officials released a statement saying, “Jewel Upshaw, the National Basketball Association, and the Detroit Pistons announced today that they have resolved their prior dispute and the litigation claims against the National Basketball Association and the Detroit Pistons pending in federal district court have been dismissed. The NBA and Pistons express their sympathies to Jewel Upshaw and the rest of Zeke’s family on his tragic passing.”
The DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, where the Drive play their home games, and SSJ Group LLC, the company that owns and co-operates the Drive, also are cited in the lawsuit. Those cases remain active.

Hopefully, this will help Jewel Upshaw find peace after this tragedy.