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Walmart blames Tracy Morgan for his accident

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Earlier this year, Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a crash with a Walmart truck, as the driver of said truck had been working too much overtime and was too exhausted behind the wheel. Tracy was in critical condition for a while and has since mostly recovered, but he wants to sue Walmart for the accident and they’re not having it. You see, they say it’s Tracy’s own fault because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Uh… what?

From People:

Morgan – along with his assistant Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista Millea, and comedian Ardie Fuqua – filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the retail giant in July. The lawsuit states that Walmart had its driver working under “unreasonable” conditions – it claims the driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that he fell asleep at the wheel, which caused the collision.

“As a result of Walmart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” stated the complaint.

Walmart filed a response to Morgan’s lawsuit on Monday, denying culpability for the accident.

According to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE, the company states that Morgan’s complaint “fails to set forth any facts which are sufficient to support a direct and/or vicarious claim of negligence as to Walmart.” It also states that “the damages about which plaintiffs complain were not proximately caused by any authorized actions by Walmart and/or its employees, agents, servants or representatives.”

Furthermore, it alleges that any injuries that were sustained during the crash “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

Uh, look – no doubt his injuries were worse because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and EVERYONE should wear a seatbelt when they get in a car. Seriously, fastening my seatbelt is the first thing I do, because seatbelts can and do save lives. However, to say that most of it was Tracy’s fault because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt? Fuck Walmart, man. Maybe if they weren’t shitty employers who force their workers to nearly kill themselves for minimum wage and barely any benefits, there would be fewer accidents, and, you know, less miserable people in the world.

Also, uh, are they seriously trying to say that Tracy would have had NO injuries (and that the passenger who died wouldn’t have) if they’d all been wearing seatbelts? That they miraculously would have walked away completely unharm despite being slammed into by one of YOUR drivers who fell asleep at the wheel? What kinda world do we live in?

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Tracy Morgan Suing Walmart; Blames Company For Car Crash

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Tracy Morgan is recovering from his car accident — in fact, he just left rehab, according to TMZ, which is great news — and now he’s suing Walmart, blaming the company for the crash. The man who hit the limo Mr. Morgan was riding in was impossibly tired, and Morgan blames the company for overworking him. From TMZ:

Morgan filed suit in New Jersey alleging the company should never have allowed truck driver Kevin Roper to drive for nearly 10 hours straight after being awake for more than 24 hours.

The suit — reported in the NY Post — claims Tracy sustained, “severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”

According to the lawsuit … Roper had driven 700 miles from his home to the Walmart distribution center before beginning his fatal drive. One person died when Roper was tooling along in his tractor-trailer at 65 in a 45 MPH zone and slammed into the SUV.

I think this is very interesting that he’s holding the company accountable and not the driver. What do you think of this?

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Tracy Morgan won’t need leg amputation after surgery

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Tracy Morgan was critically injured in an accident on the NJ Turnpike this past weekend, and rumours were circulating that he may need to have his leg amputated due to the extent of his injuries. However, his rep has now confirmed that while he’s undergone surgery and will face a long recovery time, he will keep both of his legs.

From People:

“Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fianceé Megan is by his side,” according to a statement to PEOPLE. “As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg.”

“This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time,” his rep’s statement continues.

Such a shame that this happened – the driver, who’s been arrested, apparently admitted that he hadn’t slept in 24 hours before getting behind the wheel. Now, of course, one person is dead and two others (besides Tracy) are gravely injured. It’s not worth driving wherever it is you need to go when you’re in no condition to do so.

Here’s hoping everyone recovers soon!

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Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after a serious accident in NJ

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Tracy Morgan was driving on a New Jersey highway on Saturday morning when he was involved in a six car pile-up. A semi-truck crashed into Morgan’s limo bus in which he was traveling back from a comedy show, leading to one death and up to five people in critical condition, including Tracy himself. Luckily, the driver responsible has been arrested, but it’s still a very serious situation.

From E! News:

On Saturday afternoon, a local prosecutor and a state police official said in a statement obtained by E! News that Kevin Roper, a 35-year-old truck driver from Georgia, has been charged with charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in connection with the accident, following a preliminary investigation. He was jailed on a $50,000 bond and has not commented.

The statement said James McNair, who was riding with Morgan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 62-year-old is also a comedian, known by the stage name Jimmy Mack.

Authorities added that Morgan and another passenger, a 36-year-old Connecticut man, were airlifted to the hospital and that the two and another 43-year-old New Jersey man remain in critical condition. A fourth passenger was treated and released. Authorities have not disclosed the names of the other crash survivors. No other injuries were reported.

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Tracy and everyone else involved in the crash!

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Tracy Morgan Collapsed, Is Seeking Medical Treatment “for Exhaustion”

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I mostly know Tracy Morgan from that one time he revealed himself to be a gigantic douchebag with no feelings and no soul by saying that if he had a gay son, he would stab him to death, but I also remember being somewhat bored by him during his time on Saturday Night Live. I don’t watch 30 Rock and no one I know watches 30 Rock (maybe it’s a regional thing? Do any of you guys in the South enjoy the show? This specific theory comes from the fact that one time I was wandering around a flea market, looking at some used DVDs, and a woman walked by, picked up a season of 30 Rock, and said “I don’t want nothin’ to do with no 30 Rock.” Any ideas?), so I really don’t know a whole lot about the dude other than those two things noted above.

Except now I know that Tracy Morgan probably has a substance abuse problem, based on this report of Tracy at the Sundance Film Festival:

Tracy Morgan was rushed to a hospital moments ago at the Sundance Film Festival — after the actor  fell unconscious at an award ceremony … TMZ has learned.

Tracy was being honored at the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards in Park City, Utah — and sources tell TMZ, he appeared extremely intoxicated during his award acceptance speech

We’re told Tracy was escorted out of the building soon after his speech — and fell unconscious outside the building

Law enforcement sources tell us,  an ambulance was then dispatched to Tracy’s location.

We’re told Tracy was picked up and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Calls to Tracy’s rep were not immediately returned.

And here’s the update:

Amy Roberts, a spokeswoman for Park City Medical Center, tells TMZ no drugs or alcohol were found in Tracy’s system upon medical evaluation.

Morgan’s rep, Lewis Kay, also released a statement saying, “From a combination of exhaustion and altitude, Tracy is seeking medical attention.”

Kay adds, “He is with his fiance and grateful to the Park City Medical Center for their care. Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100% false.”

Yeah, I’m not sure that I can believe that statement from good ol’ Amy over at the Park City Medical Center about how Tracy was totally clean. As I’m sure you all know, questionable behavior plus any sort of treatment for “exhaustion” usually add up to rehab. When we factor in that Tracy’s wife left him back in 2009 because of his drinking problem and that witnesses are telling TMZ that he “appeared extremely intoxicated,” it would seem that this guy has fallen off the wagon again, right?

Watch This: Tracy Morgan on “7 Minutes in Heaven”

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Last week, just for funsies, I caught myself up on every episode of “7 Minutes in Heaven“—it didn’t take too long, actually, since the weekly video series is pretty new. (Recommended: guests Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis.)

Maybe it’s easy to compare the “7 Minutes” web series to “Between Two Ferns“; instead of being caught between two ferns, each guest is trapped in close quarters with the host, SNL writer Mike O’Brien.

The similarities basically end there, though. In most episodes, O’Brien’s guests drink till they’re lit—here’s lookin’ at you, Hoda—and by every episode’s end, O’Brien tries to steal a little kiss. (Actress Patricia Clarkson, more than game, turns the peck into some voracious open-mouth resuscitation.)

So! Now that you’re completely in on the joke, here’s Tracy Morgan!

Things that I learned from this episode of “7 Minutes in Heaven”:

- Tracy Morgan doesn’t give two whiffs about Shakespeare.

- Tracy Morgan’s hypothetical sister is a Scorpio, thank you.

- Tracy Morgan doesn’t eat hay!

- Tracy Morgan looks great in a lady’s wide-brimmed hat!

- Tracy Morgan isn’t scared of escalators.

- Tracy Morgan dispenses great advice. I wish he would phone my mom, too.

- Tracy Morgan wishes it were possible to eat a frisbee.

Tina Fey Weighs in on Tracy Morgan

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When Sarah first brought you the news of Tracy Morgan‘s outrageously bigoted rant, she mentioned how weird it was that Tracy works so closely with Tina Fey on 30 Rock. If you didn’t know, Tina Fey is awesome in nearly every way, including not being a homophobic prick. If you were also curious about what Tina’s reaction would be to Tracy’s rants and rambles, here it is:

“The violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person. I hope for his sake that Tracy’s apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at ’30 Rock’, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket.”

As usual, I think Tina Fey handled this in a really classy way. She’s another one of those people who can’t do anything wrong.  I’m not so sure about Tracy though. After his original words, his apology fell just a little short, right?