The career of a former Florida basketball forward is in jeopardy after an automobile accident last week. The accident was caused by a drunk driver, reports suggest.
The playing career of former Florida basketball forward Chandler Parsons is in jeopardy following an automobile accident last week.
According to a law firm representing Parsons, the current Atlanta Hawks forward suffered “potentially career-ending injuries” after an automobile accident,” according to ESPN.com Monday.
The driver who caused the accident caused a three-car crash and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Last Wednesday, the Hawks released a statement that Parsons was involved in the accident earlier that day after practice.
“After a medical evaluation at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, Parsons has been diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash. Parsons will now enter the NBA’s concussion protocol,” the statement said.
The team said his status “will be updated as appropriate.”
The law firm of Morgan & Morgan said he was “seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred.”
“Chandler is having a difficult time accepting the consequences of the defendant’s reckless conduct on the roadway,” Morgan & Morgan said.
“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.”
Parsons, from Casselberry, Florida, played for Florida basketball from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. He amassed a 47.7% shooting percentage from the field and averaged 10.2 points per game for Florida basketball.
He averaged 12.4 points per game his junior season and 11.3 points per game his senior season.
Parsons’ NBA career stared with the Houston Rockets in 2011-12 and continued for three seasons before he was picked up by the Dallas Mavericks.
After two seasons in Dallas, he was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies and played limited minutes. He signed with Atlanta this season, only appearing in five games thus far.