Tracy Morgan was released from a rehabilitation facility on July 12, but during a visit to NBC’s “Today” show, the actor’s lawyer revealed that Morgan is “still struggling” to recover from the June 7 car crash that killed Morgan’s friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, and left the “30 Rock” star in critical condition.
Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, visited “Today” on Aug. 11 to discuss the comedian’s progress. “He’s still struggling, but he’s a fighter. He’s had issues before that he’s fought through and he’s fighting hard,” Morelli told Matt Lauer. “The interesting thing is that, at the beginning, the internet was saying that he 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.”
Morelli is representing Morgan and fellow crash survivors Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista, and Ardie Fuqua in a lawsuit brought against Walmart after the company allowed employee Kevin Roper to drive after being “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours,” which allegedly caused him to fall asleep and crash his tractor-trailer into Morgan’s limousine.
“Every day is different. Some days he’s very down,” Morelli told the New York Daily News of Morgan’s recovery, adding that the actor feels responsible for the accident. “It’s not only physical, it’s emotional.”
Watch Morelli’s appearance on “Today” below.