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Report: NBA, Detroit Pistons Sued After Player's On-Court Death

A detail of the net and basket prior to the Georgetown Hoyas playing against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the quaterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

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Two months ago, a G-League player collapsed on the court of a game and passed away two days later from sudden cardiac arrest. Zeke Upshaw, a guard for the Grand Rapids Drive, collapsed in a game against the Long island Nets on March 28.

Upshaw, 26, was rushed to the hospital where he later died. The former Hofstra player was taken off the court on a stretcher with just under a minute left in the game.

According to a report from TMZ, Upshaw's mother, Jewel, is suing the Detroit Pistons and the NBA.

She claims the team took too long to perform life-saving measures. From the report:

Instead, Jewel Upshaw says ... it took 4 crucial minutes before a doctor tended to Zeke -- no CPR, no chest compressions, no life-saving measures of any kind.

In fact, she claims the team doctor had "stepped out before the end of the basketball game and was not present nor available when Zeke collapsed."

Jewel claims when doctors finally tended to Zeke, the treatment was so poor -- she later learned Zeke's body "went without oxygen for another forty minutes ... leaving his brain completely oxygen deprived."

Upshaw went on to say, "there is simply no good reason for the defendants to have been unprepared for sudden cardiac death events such as Zeke's, and for their failure to react quickly to save a life."

If he claims are true, and the team doctor had left the floor prior to the end of the game it would be a huge black eye for the Pistons organization and the NBA as a whole.

[TMZ]