Tracy Morgan May Never Perform Again, Says Attorney
The future of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is still uncertain following a serious car accident in Mercer County, New Jersey, in June.
Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, tells the New York Post that the comedian suffered a “debilitating brain injury” when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo bus, and that “the jury’s still out” about whether or not he’ll ever perform again.
“The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer,” he says.
According to People Morgan is still confined to a wheelchair and isn’t expected to be able to walk for months. He has had to pass up a number of job opportunities, and an FX series he was slated to star in has been put on hold.
“When you say someone is a standup comedian, they need to stand up. It’s very rigorous to do that,” Morelli said. “You need to have two things: You have to have a very strong body and stamina. And right now, he doesn’t have Tracy Morgan stamina.”
“And the second thing you have to do is have razor-sharp intellect and mind, and that’s the old Tracy Morgan. So that’s what he’s struggling with,” Morelli continued. “All of the people in the van who I represent had traumatic brain injuries. So that’s not a joke.”
“He’s the kind of guy who tries to keep a very upbeat attitude. But he’s having a really tough time. It’s one of the reasons why you don’t see him up and about, because it’s just not easy,” Morelli said. “It’s an emotional struggle for him also because of the fact that he lost his close friend in the accident.”
A federal lawsuit against Wal-Mart, which was filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, remains unresolved.