When Tracy Morgan barely survived a crash involving a Walmart truck that killed one of his closest friends in June, observers knew the veteran comedian would have a long recovery ahead of him. But now, we’re hearing things could be even worse than originally thought. Morgan, 45, has suffered not just broken ribs, a broken leg and a broken nose but he’s also sustained brain damage, according to Morgan’s lawyer Benedict Morelli, who says the comedian has been in therapy in an attempt to regain proper speech and return to normal physical activity. Currently Morgan often uses a wheelchair to get around.
When he was asked if Morgan would perform again, Morelli said, “The jury’s still out. The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer.”
This comes a day after Morgan in a statement responded to Walmart’s claim that Morgan and his friends – including comedian James McNair, who died – wouldn’t have been so gravely injured had they been wearing seatbelts inside their mini bus on June 7 as they returned from a stand-up comedy show in Delaware. Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, who was speeding and who was working for 13 consecutive hours (just under the legal limit), crashed into the vehicle wherein Morgan, McNair and fellow comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were riding. Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea was also severely injured in the accident. Stanton was treated and quickly released from the hospital.
“After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out,” Morgan said yesterday. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”
Morelli today was full of vitriol. “[Walmart] is despicable. They knew that they changed these people’s lives forever and killed somebody,” he said, adding, “They’re good blame shifters. I guess that’s how they make $783 billion a year, shifting the blame.” Morelli is representing Morgan, Fuqua and Millea in a suit against Walmart. Roper was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault, for which he pleaded not guilty. Walmart released a statement at the time the charges were levied expressing that they were “deeply sorry” that one of its trucks was involved with the incident. “Our thoughts continue to go out to them and their families and friends,” the statement read.
As Morgan was being wheeled into Mount Sinai Hospital in New York this afternoon, a TMZ reporter asked the comedian how he was feeling. After a long pause Morgan somberly said, “No comment.”