Tracy Morgan’s lawyer said in a statement yesterday that he’ll “never be the comedian he once was” after suffering significant brain injury from his June car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Here’s the exact statement from Morgan’s lawyers from preliminary hearings in court.
“He’s fighting to get better, and if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that,” Morelli said. “But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”
Now, I’m in no way downplaying Tracy Morgan’s injuries, as I believe them to be severe and life-altering but the world in which we live is quick to jump the gun on statements such as this dropped bomb. “The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” said Mark Twain so let’s first analyze what exactly Morgan’s lawyer said and just why he’d say such a thing.
Morgan is “fighting to get better” much like every person injured in any horrific accident. It’s a life long fight. Morgan is trying to “be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was” but while it’s possible to recover physically from an accident I don’t believe a person ever fully recovers emotionally. “But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries” because none of us can see the future. Even doctors are wrong, and have been wrong millions of times, because humans can make some insane medical recoveries even under the most extreme circumstance. That’s all the lawyer said. He didn’t say “Tracy Morgan will never perform comedy again” but that’s what the world heard, and reported, for the last 24-hours.
As to why his lawyer would make this statement, well, he’s being paid by Morgan to get as much money a possible from Walmart, a company that has more lawyers than their stores have Lawn and Garden sections. Morgan’s attorneys want to get every penny from the box store chain just in case Morgan really can’t “be the Tracy Morgan he once was” on TV, in comedy clubs, and in his personal life.
I want Tracy Morgan back. We all want Tracy Morgan back. Only Tracy Morgan knows for sure if he’ll be back.
And now, to quote the man himself — “Bad news travels at the speed of light. Good news travels like molasses.”
Wait for the molasses.