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University Escapes Suit for NBA Minor-Leaguer’s On-Court Death

March 26, 2021, 8:33 PM

The University of Michigan is immune from suit for to its role in the pre-season medical care and screening of Zena “Zeke” Upshaw, a minor league player who collapsed during a game in March 2018 and died at the age of 26, the Western District of Michigan ruled.

Upshaw was playing for the Detroit Pistons’ National Basketball Association’s G League team, the Grand Rapids Drive, when he suffered the sudden and fatal cardiac event.

Upshaw’s estate can’t proceed with claims against the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Board of Regents because it failed to show ...