Tracy Morgan is either dead or on his way to a swift recovery, depending on which bit of web gossip you happen to come across. The funnyman’s lawyer has spoken out to dispel rumors and update fans on the facts regarding his client’s recovery after a fatal crash.
“He’s still struggling,” attorney Benedict P. Morelli told Today host, Matt Lauer, in an interview Monday morning. “But he’s a fighter. He’s had issues before that he’s fought through, and he’s fighting hard.”
Referring to the crazy rumors that have surrounded his client, Morelli went on to share, “The interesting thing is that at the beginning, the internet was saying that [Morgan] was dead. And then they said they amputated his leg. Now, it’s coming out that he’s doing great. None of those things are true or accurate.”
However, it is true that the former 30 Rock star is suing Walmart, whose tractor-trailer smashed into the rear of Morgan’s limo van on June 7. Fellow passenger and comedian, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was killed, while comedian Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, were also hurt.
Kevin Roper, the driver of the Walmart truck, pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of vehicular homicide and assault.
The suit Morgan and the two other surviving passengers filed alleges Roper had been awake for over 24 hours, during a long shift that exceeded federal safety limits, when the crash occurred.
“I’m going to show if I have to in court that that’s the culture [at Walmart],” Morelli, who believes these unsafe working conditions are the norm for the company’s drivers, explained to Lauer. “That’s what they set up. They know… they have to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”
In response to the lawsuit, Walmart issued a statement that reads in part, “We are cooperating with the ongoing investigation and working to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident.” The company added they will take “full responsibility” if their driver is found to be at fault for the crash.