Attorney: Hawks' Chandler Parsons suffering from 'permanent' injuries from car crash that could end NBA career

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 29:  Chandler Parsons #31 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena on October 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Chandler Parsons is dealing with 'severe and permanent' injuries after a car accident, his attorney said. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries” from a car crash last week, his attorney at Morgan & Morgan said in a release via Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

Parsons, 31, was involved in a car accident Jan. 15 and was initially reported to have suffered a concussion and whiplash. Per his attorney’s remarks Monday, his injuries include a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum that could “potentially” end Parsons’ career.

From Morgan & Morgan’s statement:

“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.”

Attorney: Parsons hit by alleged drunk driver

Parsons was on his way home from practice when he was hit by a driver who caused a three-car crash at a busy intersection, per the release by Morgan & Morgan. The driver was arrested for drinking and driving, they said.

“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 p.m. on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”

Morgan & Morgan added that Parsons is having a “difficult time accepting the consequences” of the “reckless conduct.”

Parsons had been a healthy scratch since Dec. 27 and played only 54 minutes over five games. He has scored 14 points this season.

The eight-year veteran has played for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies traded him in the offseason to offload the final year of his four-year contract.

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