Looks like Tracy Morgan is gearing up to seek some major damages from Walmart. The comedian's lawyer says the 30 Rock star suffered a debilitating brain injury in the fatal car crash he suffered this past June, and it may put an end to his career.
Attorney Benedict Morelli tells the New York Post that Morgan, 45, is still undergoing rigorous rehab including daily speech, cognitive, vocational and physical therapies. When asked if the actor and comedian will ever perform again, Morelli said, "The jury's still out. The doctors don't know the answer. I don't know the answer."
Morgan was returning from a performance in Delaware in June when a Walmart truck slammed into the back of a limo van he and others were riding in. Morgan's friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed and several others were injured.
The funnyman, who spent several days in intensive care and has been undergoing rehabilitation ever since, has sued the megastore over the crash, but Walmart said in a court filing Monday that Morgan and others were "in whole or in part" responsible for their own injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts.
Morgan responded Tuesday in a statement released by his publicist: "After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out," he said. "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."
"These people are despicable," said Morelli, who is representing Morgan and his fellow passengers in the lawsuit. "They knew that they changed these people's lives forever and killed somebody."
Morelli also adds that it's not clear whether Morgan will be able to walk again without the aid of a wheelchair or walker. Given that Morgan is one of the best-known comedians in the industry and was at the peak of his career at the time of the accident, Walmart may be forced to make a serious payout if a jury finds in his favor.
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