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NBA and Pistons settle suit over Drive player's death

July 29, 2019
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The NBA and the Detroit Pistons have settled a lawsuit with the family of a local G League player who died after collapsing during a game last year.

Zeke Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League affiliate of the Pistons. He died two days after he was stricken.

A lawsuit filed by Upshaw's estate said lifesaving measures weren't attempted in a timely manner.

Robert Hilliard, a lawyer for Upshaw's mother, informed a judge last week that a deal has been reached with the NBA and the Pistons. No details were disclosed.

The NBA confirmed a settlement and expressed sympathy to Upshaw's family.

The lawsuit continues against other defendants in federal court in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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