Attorneys Ben Crump, Bob Hilliard to Announce Lawsuit Against NBA in Death of Basketball Player Zeke Upshaw

May 30, 2018

Attorneys Ben Crump, Bob Hilliard to announce lawsuit against NBA
in death of basketball player Zeke Upshaw

NEW YORK — ​Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump will hold a press conference at the United States District Court for the Southern District Of New York on Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m. regarding litigation in the death of Zeke Upshaw. The 26-year-old player for the Grand Rapids Drive NBA G League team collapsed during a game on March 24 and died two days later. Prominent Texas trial lawyer Bob Hilliard, whose legal acumen prompted a massive MLB policy change last year regarding protective netting, will be co-counsel on the case.

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. Dr. Michael Baden, a renowned forensic pathologist, will also speak at the press conference. 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.

WHAT: ​Press conference announcing lawsuit in the death of Zeke Upshaw
WHO: ​Attorneys Ben Crump and Bob Hilliard; Jewel Upshaw; Dr. Michael Baden
WHEN: ​Wednesday, May 30, 11 a.m.
WHERE: ​United States District Court for the Southern District Of New York 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York 10007



Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more, visit


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