For at least the last month, Shaquille O'Neal has allegedly been evading lawyers trying to serve him papers for a class-action lawsuit regarding his involvement with FTX.
According to the lawsuit, FTX and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, deceived investors, and celebrity endorsers failed to do their due diligence before marketing FTX's products to the public.
The lawsuit involves a wide cast of celebrities, including Larry David, Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, and Stephen Curry. They've all been served, except for Shaq. Despite great efforts, lawyers have been unable to serve him with the complaint.
Shaq did commercials for FTX before it collapsed, but since then he has distanced himself from the company. Shaq denied any involvement beyond being a paid spokesperson in an interview with CNBC.
While Shaq's attorney did not respond to a request for comment, the email from the plaintiff's lawyers suggests that Shaq is “actively evading service.” The email also mentions that Shaq is the only defendant who has chosen to evade service and “draw out these proceedings.”
This is hilarious.
This guy is bringing a waste-of-time class action suit against a bunch of people who did TV commercials for a failed crypto exchange, and he's complaining in public that Shaq is taking too long to agree to get sued.
First, how hard is it to find Shaq? He's 7-foot-1 and he works on TV. Second, if the plaintiff is tired of paying for lawyers before the court proceedings even start, he's not going to like paying for a lawsuit against people as rich as Larry David and Tom Brady.