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NBA G-League Player Dies After Collapsing On Court

(Grand Rapids, MI) – The NBA community is mourning the loss of player Zeke Upshaw, who is dead at the age of 26. Upshaw died Monday, two days after collapsing during an NBA G-League game for the Grand Rapids Drive. Upshaw suddenly collapsed in the game’s final minute and had to be stretchered off the court Saturday night.

The Drive are the minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, and they clinched a playoff spot with a win in the game Saturday. The NBA G-League is postponing the conference quarterfinals until March 30th and 31st due to Upshaw’s death.

The Chicago native played three seasons at Illinois State before transferring to Hofstra for the 2013-2014 season. He joined the Grand Rapids Drive in 2016 and averaged 7.6 points per game in 75 appearances over the past two seasons.

Bad Business: American Airlines Accuses NBA Baller Jeff Teague’s Brother Of Stealing A Blanket

(Dallas, TX) – If you’re a sports fan then you’ve heard of Jeff Teague and his brother Marquis and you know that the baller brothers don’t need to steal anything, let alone some blankets on an American Airlines flight. But that’s exactly what a black flight attendant charged.

Marquis was traveling with his teammate Trahson Burrell and the assistant coach on Christmas Eve attempting to get to Sioux Falls, SD. The two play for the NBA G- League’s Memphis Hustle and the team had a game on Christmas Day.1227-trahson-burrell-marquis-teague-getty-3Reportedly, as the guys boarded the plane and were taking their seats a flight attendant started questioning them about their blankets and ultimately accused the players of stealing them. All three were kicked off the plane, just to be boarded on another flight and flown first class to their destination after the Airline found out that first class passengers had given them the blankets when they boarded.

Marquis Teague is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves PG Jeff Teague. Marquis himself was a first round draft pick in 2012 by the Chicago Bulls.

Both Hustle head coach Glynn Cyprien and assistant coach Darnell Lazare took to Twitter to share their frustration after the incident.

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‘American Airlines Needs Sensitivity Training to Attendants on flights dealing with Humans & Blankets!,’ wrote Cyprien.

Lazare: ‘It’s 2017 and a Flight attendant for @AmericanAir sees 2 young black athletes with blankets from first class, his 1st comment is “did you steal them” how about you teach people to get the facts first before jumping to conclusions’

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American Airlines spokesperson Joshua Freed says, “We apologize for what occurred on this flight. We take pride in bringing people together, and we know that on this flight we let some of our customers down. Our team at American, along with Envoy Air, is reviewing what happened and will be reaching out to the two players and the assistant coach.”

Burrell and Teague both played in Memphis’s Christmas Day game in Sioux Falls, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Burrell added 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a 131-115 win Over the Skyforce.