Shaq Finally Served During Heat-Celtics Series… at Old FTX Arena

Someone finally spotted the 7’1″ basketball star — and filmed the encounter

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Shaquille O’Neal has finally been served, according to lawyers representing a class-action lawsuit against FTX and celebrity spokespeople who appeared in promotional materials for the defunct exchange. 

A process server was reportedly able to reach O’Neal during the broadcast of the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics game in Miami, Florida, on Wednesday, May 24. 

Ironically, the game was being played at what is now Kaseya Arena, after being renamed from FTX Arena following the eponymous exchange’s collapse.

However, this isn’t the first time that the law firm claimed to have served O’Neal, who was named in the lawsuit in November 2022. 

Last month, the lawyers said that a process server had reached O’Neal outside of his Texas house and served him. O’Neal’s lawyers, however, claimed that the papers had been thrown at a car and landed on a public road. 

“It seems absurd to have to go to such great lengths to serve Mr. O’Neal, who is a deputy of the law,” Adam Moskowitz, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the FTX case, told Blockworks via email. 

Earlier this spring, a judge also denied a motion from the plaintiffs’ lawyers requesting that O’Neal be served digitally — through social media and email. 

The judge overseeing the case, Judge K. Michael Moore, told the lawyers at the time that attempts to serve O’Neal through social media were “factually unsupported and legally insufficient. Particularly in such a complex and costly litigation for all parties involved, the Court will not continue to tolerate such violations or frivolous arguments.”

The FTX class-action lawsuit alleges that O’Neal’s “FTX: I Am All In” influenced consumers to use FTX.


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