“Shocking”: Accused of Targeting Lawyer’s Wife Amid $8,920,000,000 Trouble, Shaquille O’Neal Finds Himself in an Even Bigger Soup

Published 04/09/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has seemed pretty normal in his recent appearances on NBA on TNT, but he may be in deep water. The four-time NBA champion has made quite a profile for himself, with numerous public promotions and television commercials under his belt. However, one of his agreements to do a commercial for a company is possibly going to cost him big time soon.

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The crypto-exchange company FTX went under last year. After the owners were arrested, the company also reported that they have $8.9 billion missing in customers’ money. One of the defendants to a recovery suit is Shaquille O’Neal. However, he has been difficult to locate by the lawyers involved.

Shaquille O’Neal is being served through alternate means

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Shaquille O’Neal is one of the many celebrities who has been named as a defendant in a class-action lawsuit. He is also the only defendant left to be served with a legal notice.

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The class-action lawsuit was filed last year in November 2022. Since then, all the accused have been served with required legal documents, except for the Los Angeles Lakers legend, leading the lawyers to be still pursuing due compliance before they can go ahead regarding Shaq’s involvement in the matter.

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According to reports, Shaquille O’Neal has been evading getting served for five months now. The law firm handling FTX’s case has tried to serve Shaq at a couple of his residences, the NBA studio as well as at his public appearances.

However, the result has been nothing but failure. Now, according to gaming-law attorney Daniel Wallach, the class counsel in the FTX lawsuit has chosen some unorthodox methods to serve O’Neal.

Attorney Edwin Garrison has filed a plaintiff’s motion to serve Shaquille O’Neal through alternative means. The motion stated, “Mr. O’Neal’s conduct over the last 5 months in evading service in this action is unprecedented and frankly shocking.” However, this is not the end of Shaq’s potential troubles.

Shaq is accused of threatening a lawyer’s wife

The class counsel involved in the FTX lawsuit will now possibly be serving the NBA icon via publication on a “dedicated Service Webpage” and through his social media accounts as well.

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This development was revealed shortly after Shaq was accused of targeting the process server’s wife, Beth Shaw. An attempt to serve the NBA legend was made at his Texas residence for the eighth time. The lawyer received a text message stating, “Shaq lives in the Bahamas u stupid fu** give beth shaw my regards.”

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The lawsuit surely seems to have gotten out of hand. Will the class counsel be able to serve Shaquille O’Neal through social media now or will the Big Diesel spell more trouble for the lawyers? Share your views on the Big Man’s latest affair in the comments below! 

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