NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal was served with legal documents during a broadcast of Miami Heat's NBA Eastern Conference final game over a complaint about the collapse of the trade FTX cryptocurrency
Shaquille O'Neal has been served in a case involving the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX.
Legal documents were handed over to the NBA legend and TV analyst during the broadcast of the Miami Heat's Eastern Conference playoff final against the Boston Celtics in Miami.
That's according to plaintiffs' attorney Adam Moskowitz, who told CBS MoneyWatch that the 51-year-old had been "hiding" from the process servers for months before being found at the Kaseya Center, which s was coincidentally called the FTX Arena on Tuesday.
Forbes previously reported that Moskowitz hired four different companies to deliver the lawsuit to O'Neal after numerous failed attempts.
The class action lawsuit is believed to relate to O'Neal - alongside other celebrities - from appearances in advertisements for the crypto-trading platform before its bankruptcy.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in January and charged with wire fraud, securities fraud, money laundering and more.
Moskowitz added that the process server filmed his interactions with the NBA legend and that Shaq tried to have the person kicked out of the arena.
"They gave video of most services (not all), so we'd be shocked if they raised any issues," Moskowitz said. "We've also served a copy on his attorney Bobby Martinez, so there's no question he's been served!"
Prior to O'Neal's successful serve on Tuesday, process servers thought they had the Hall of Famer in April. A dismissal request was filed earlier this month, however, claiming he never received the papers.
O'Neal's attorneys said in a court filing, "This so-called 'service' is inadequate. It should be rescinded and the claims against Mr. O'Neal dismissed."
A case may be delayed or dismissed if a person does not receive legal documents, according to federal law. And a complaint must be served in person or by mail.
Moskowitz went on to say that a second serving of Shaq also took place on Tuesday. A complaint alleges that Shaq and his son promoted an NFT project called ASTRALS before abandoning it. "The irony here is that Shaq claimed no crypto experience, but this new class case for NFT Astrals proves the opposition - he, his son, and his business partner all planned to make several million odd dollars. solely on the basis of his involvement,” Moskowitz said.
O'Neal, along with NFL legend Tom Brady, his ex-wife Gisele Bundchen, comedian Larry David, tennis star Naomi Osaka and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry have all promoted FTX.
Mirror Sport have contacted O'Neal's lawyer Roberto Martinez for comment.