Ex-Florida star Chandler Parsons severely injured after being hit by accused drunk driver

By Adam Silverstein
January 20, 2020
Ex-Florida star Chandler Parsons severely injured after being hit by accused drunk driver

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Injuries have plagued former Florida Gators forward Chandler Parsons throughout his NBA career, but Parsons is now attempting to recover from a far more serious incident that happened beyond the basketball court. Parsons has suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries” after being hit by a motorist who was arrested for drunk driving on Jan. 15, according to the Morgan & Morgan law firm representing the player, which claims the incident could “potentially” lead to the end of Parsons’ athletic career.

Parsons was driving home from practice last Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle was struck by the accused drunk driver. His attorneys claim their client’s injuries include “a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum.” The motorist at fault apparently “admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him [and] passed out … causing a three-car crash … in a busy intersection,” according to the law firm.

His exact status is unknown at this time. The Atlanta Hawks, who traded for Parsons this offseason, entered him in the concussion protocol Wednesday and noted that he had whiplash from the accident, not mentioning any further injuries to their player. The statement from his attorneys indicates that Parsons’ health is in a worse state, but it is also their job to represent their client and his interests, including laying groundwork to present insurance claims for injuries, pain and suffering and potential loss of earning capacity.

“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,” Morgan & Morgan wrote. “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.”

Parsons, a nine-year NBA veteran, has played just five games off the bench this season as his career is likely nearing its end. Since Parsons tore his meniscus in the 2015-16 season, he has played in just 90 games over the last four campaigns, making 11 starts over the last three. This after Parsons made a tremendous impact in the league over his first four seasons as a versatile scoring threat and accountable defender.

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