A Tear Filled Tracy Morgan Speaks Out For The First Time Since Deadly Accident
In an emotional interview with NBC’s Today Show, a tear filled Tracy Morgan discussed the tragic limo crash that killed his best friend James “Jimmy Mack” McNair in June of last year. Morgan was injured in the crash, along with several of his friends. Prior to the crash, Morgan and his group were returning from a comedy performance in New Jersey. Morgan’s limo was hit by a Walmart tractor-trailer driven by Kevin Roper, who fell asleep at the wheel after the company forced him to work for more than 24 hours. Morgan later filed suit against the retail giant, settling this May for an undisclosed amount.
Talking with Matt Lauer, Morgan revealed how grateful he was that Walmart had settled the suit. Specifically, Morgan felt relieved that the company was accepting responsibility for the accident and that McNair’s family would be supported from the funds awarded in the agreement. Morgan also discussed the injuries he incurred in the crash and the months of rehabilitation and therapy he had undergone in the past year. In addition to several broken bones and ribs, Morgan also suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash, which put him in a coma for two weeks. Walking with the aid of a cane, Morgan noted that he still suffers from bouts of memory trouble, along with nose bleeds and headaches.
While Morgan still suffers from the physical affects of the crash, he says that the emotional suffering caused by the accident is the most intense. Particularly, Morgan mourns the death of his good friend McNair. Morgan reveals that the true weight of his friend’s death was not apparent to him until he arrived home after his hospital stay, noting “When I got home, it really hit me.” Morgan says that he frequently watches clips of the accident and McNair’s funeral on YouTube. When Lauer questioned why he would put himself through the pain of reliving that awful night all over again, Morgan said that he simply had to know what happened to his friend. Morgan also took time to thank everyone who had helped him recover, including his doctors and nurses and even people who stopped on the road and attempted to rescue him and his friends from the limo.
Morgan ended the interview by saying that he still has a long road to recovery. Specifically, Morgan hopes to walk his future wife down the aisle without the aid of a cane. Morgan also vows to return to comedy, but notes that he will only do so when he is one hundred percent ready. Morgan promises, “When I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”