Shaquille O’Neal is one of the largest people on planet earth. He is 7’1″ tall and weighs over 325 pounds.
But when it comes to being served papers in lawsuits over the FTX collapse, Shaq has reportedly turned into Teflon and has dodged six attempts to serve him papers.
The report claims it isn’t just Shaq, either, who is finding ways to wriggle out of being served papers in various FTX collapse lawsuits being filed by people who lost money in the FTX collapse.
An article published by Daniel Kaplan in The Athletic details the numerous attempts to sue Tom Brady. It claims “over half a dozen attempts at personal service on Mr. Brady before he told his counsel to finally accept the request for waiver of service form.”
Brady is a busy man. The actual dates they list were in late December. Tom was going through a divorce and taking to the Buccaneers to the NFL Playoffs all while preparing for retirement.
The report about Shaq is a bit different… It claims:
Lawyers for the former FTX account holders claimed several of the athletes tried to dodge service, and O’Neal has not yet been served, and the litigators are hiring private investigators to aid in tracking him down.
And according to a court filing from the lawyers representing the former accountholders, Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem’s wife was served after she “fled” her house. Plaintiffs also alleged O’Neal has been “actively evading service … on a weekly basis,” and asked the court to order him to comply.
These are nothing more than allegations being levied at Shaq as of now. There is no filed evidence that he is ‘actively evading service on a weekly basis,’ as of yet.
But Shaq may have his reasons to be private. On Sunday, he shared a picture of himself in a hospital bed.
Mike Florio of PFT expanded on the nature of these lawsuits. He writes that “the lawsuit accuses the celebrity endorsers of failing to disclose that they were compensated to promote FTX, arguing that FTX accounts were opened in response to the urgings of celebrities.”
Florio goes on to list the names of many celebrities who have already been served papers while Shaq has apparently turned into Teflon. Those names include “Gisele Bundchen, comedian Larry David, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, baseball star Shohei Omani, and NBA star Steph Curry.”
It was never made public how much Tom Brady and his ex-wife Gisele Bundchen lost in the lawsuit. But estimates previously pinned their shares in the $25M to $45M range in June of 2021.
One of the plaintiffs, a reported Patriots fan, is alleging he transferred $30,000 to FTX after Tom Brady’s endorsement.
Circling back to the above, can you imagine being a process server and having to report back to your boss/clients that you’re unable to track down Shaq over an FTX lawsuit?
Shaq is larger than 2 men combined. He is constantly on TV and performing public functions. In terms of visibility, he has to be in the top 1% of celebrities.
Alas, as of Monday it appears that Shaquille O’Neal has still dodged being served any FTX lawsuit papers.