NBA star Shaquille O’Neal gets served in FTX Lawsuit again
- Shaquille O’Neal was served for a second time in the class-action lawsuit against FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried.
- O’Neil’s attorney tried to get the lawsuit dismissed citing that the initial summons was served improperly.
Popular basketballer Shaquille O’Neil has reportedly been served for a second time in the class-action lawsuit against the Bahamas based bankrupt crypto exchange FTX.
The second summons for the NBA legend comes a month after process servers for a law firm representing thousands of FTX customers served him outside his Atlanta home after several failed attempts.
Shaq served twice to avoid any excuses in court
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, process servers for The Moskowitz Law Firm managed to deliver the summons to Shaquille O’Neal during Game 4 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.
The basketball game between Miami Heat and Boston Celtics was ironically being held in the stadium formerly known as FTX Arena.
O’Neil was reportedly commentating on the basketball match when he received his summons. After getting served, the NBA legend had the process server thrown out of the stadium, despite having purchased a ticket for the match.
According to The Moskowitz Law Firm’s Adam Mostkowitz, Shaquille O’Neal has repeatedly evaded attempts by process servers to deliver summons to him.
The alleged attempts include staying locked up at his residence, speeding away from process servers and denying them entry to his premises.
The process servers managed to toss the legal documents into his moving vehicle last month. However, Shaq’s lawyers attempted to get the case dismissed on the grounds that he was improperly served.
“It seems absurd to have to go to such great lengths to serve Mr. O’Neal. I hope we can just get to the merits of the case,” Moskowitz told WSJ.
The lawyer revealed that the second summons was delivered in order to make sure that such excuses do not hold up court proceedings in the future.
Shaquille O’Neil was one of the many celebrities being sued for endorsing and promoting Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange. O’Neal has maintained that he was never a believer in crypto.
“A lot of people think I’m involved, but I was just a paid spokesperson for a commercial,” he stated last year.