Tracy Morgan has decided to speak out after Walmart openly denied responsibility for the Jun. 7 car crash that left the comedian critically injured and killed his friend, James McNair.
The retailer, who’s truck was involved in the incident, also claimed some of the injuries suffered could have been prevented if the occupants of the limo had been wearing their seat belts.
“After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out. I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused,” the 30 Rock star said in a statement.
He continued, “My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”
In July, Tracy — along with his assistant Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua — filed a complaint against the company, stating the driver was working under “unreasonable” conditions.
“As a result of Walmart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” the lawsuit reads.
In Walmart’s response, they argued the injuries sustained “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” The retailer has since demanded a trial by jury to place blame.
The past few months have certainly not been an easy road for Tracy, who suffered a broken leg, nose and several ribs in the accident. His lawyer, Benedict P. Morelli, admitted last month that the 45-year-old was having “a tough time” with his recovery and recently told Page Six that the entertainer may never be able to perform again.
Of the Walmart executives, Morelli said, “These people are despicable. They knew that they changed these people’s lives forever and killed somebody. They’re good blame shifters. I guess that’s how they make $783 billion a year, shifting the blame.”