NBA, Pistons settle lawsuit with mother of deceased minor-leaguer

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Zeke Upshaw suffered a cardiac episode while playing for the Pistons’ minor-league team, the Grand Rapids Drive, and died last year.

His mother, Jewel Upshaw, sued.

T.J. Quinn of ESPN:

NBA officials released a statement saying, “Jewel Upshaw, the National Basketball Association, and the Detroit Pistons announced today that they have resolved their prior dispute and the litigation claims against the National Basketball Association and the Detroit Pistons pending in federal district court have been dismissed. The NBA and Pistons express their sympathies to Jewel Upshaw and the rest of Zeke’s family on his tragic passing.”

The DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, where the Drive play their home games, and SSJ Group LLC, the company that owns and co-operates the Drive, also are cited in the lawsuit. Those cases remain active.

Hopefully, this will help Jewel Upshaw find peace after this tragedy.