- Popular basketball player Shaquille O’Neal has been served in a lawsuit against FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried.
- The NBA star had allegedly been evading attempts by the plaintiffs’ law firm to serve the summons.
- The news comes days after a Judge denied a motion to electronically serve O’Neal.
A law firm representing the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried has managed to serve popular basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. The news comes a week after a Florida judge ruled out the possibility of serving O’Neal the summons electronically for his role as a spokesperson of the bankrupt crypto exchange.
The Moskowitz Law Firm took to Twitter earlier today to provide an update on the matter. As the legal representative of thousands of FTX victims who lost their savings in the exchange’s collapse, the law firm served Shaq outside his house in Atlanta, Georgia. The billion-dollar lawsuit named several other celebrity spokespeople including Shark Tank host Kevin O’Leary and NFL Star Tom Brady who endorsed and promoted Bankman-Fried’s downed exchange.
The law firm alleged that the NBA star had been evading attempts made by them to serve the summons to him. For the past three months, Shaq had reportedly been hiding and driving away from the firm’s process servers who made efforts to serve him the summons. These efforts included standing outside the basketballer’s house, TNT Studios in Atlanta; however, all efforts to deliver the legal complaint failed.
The lawyers further alleged that they tried to reach O’Neal through social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram by leaving comments on his posts. “His home video cameras recorded our service and we made it very clear that he is not to destroy or erase any of these security tapes, because they must be preserved for our lawsuit.”
In his defense, Shaquille O’Neal claimed last year that he never believed in crypto. “A lot of people think I’m involved, but I was just a paid spokesperson for a commercial,” he stated.