The law firm Morgan & Morgan said on Monday that Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons suffered potentially career-ending injuries in a car accident last week.
Parsons was in an accident caused by a drunk driver, and the Hawks announced that Parsons was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol after suffering a concussion and whiplash in the crash. Since then, associated disk injury has been added to Parsons’s list of injuries. According to the firm, the driver who caused the crash has been arrested and charged with DUI.
“Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred,” Morgan & Morgan said in a statement. “The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives of countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”
The firm added, “Chandler was in peak physical condition at the time of the wreck. He is now working with a team of doctors to regain his health, and at this time, his ability to return to play is unclear. Our focus right now is on helping him make a full recovery, while we also work to hold any and all responsible parties fully accountable.”
Chandler Parsons hires Morgan & Morgan after being struck by individual who’s charged with DUI, according to attorney. Parsons suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and torn labrum.” His return to play is unclear. pic.twitter.com/GxvuNByzh5
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Parsons, whom the Hawks acquired in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer, played in just five games this season, averaging 2.8 points. He has had to deal with knee injuries dating back to his signing with the Grizzlies in July 2016. During that stretch, Parsons played in only 100 games.
It is devastating that Parsons’s career might be over because of a drunk driver. Prime Time Sports Talk extends our thoughts and prayers to Parsons in hopes of him being able to come back from this devastating misfortune.