Shaquille O’Neal served FTX complaint during broadcast of NBA playoff game
After months of theft, basketball star Shaquille O’Neal has been arraigned in a case involving cryptocurrency exchange FTX. The legal documents, which were filed Tuesday, were delivered to the former athlete and current “Inside the NBA” analyst during the broadcast of the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics playoff game in Miami, plaintiffs’ attorney Adam Moskowitz said.
The complaint is part of a class-action lawsuit alleging that O’Neal and other celebrities defrauded FTX investors by appearing in advertisements for the crypto trading platform. O’Neal “hid out” from process servers for several months before being tracked down at the Cassia Center. Formerly called FTX Arena.Moskowitz told CBS MoneyWatch.
Moskowitz said a process server filmed the incident to ensure there would be “no problems” in moving the case forward. He added that Shaq ordered the process server to be removed from the field after the service.
“They videoed most of the service (not all), so we’d be surprised if they raised any issues,” Moskowitz said. “We’ve now also served a copy to his attorney, Bobby Martinez, so there’s no doubt he’s been served!”
Process servers thought they had. Successfully served as a Hall of Famer. in April. However, O’Neal filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this month, alleging that he never received the legal papers.
“This alleged ‘service’ is insufficient,” O’Neal’s lawyers said in court Filing. “It must be quashed, and the claim against Mr. O’Neill dismissed.”
According to the federal LawA complaint must be submitted in person or by mail. If the person served does not receive the papers, the case may be delayed or dismissed.
In March, Forbes Reported that Moskowitz’s firm had shortlisted four different companies to sue O’Neal after months of failed attempts by the former athlete.
According to Moskowitz, during Tuesday night’s game, O’Neal was served with a second complaint alleging that he and his son promoted an NFT project called ASTRALS before abandoning it.
O’Neal’s attorney, Roberto Martinez, did not immediately respond to CBS MoneyWatch’s request for comment.
“The irony here is that Shaq claims no experience in crypto but this new class case for NFT Astrals proves the opposite – he, his son and his business partner, just got involved. planned to make several million dollars based on,” Moskowitz said.