UPDATE: The Hawks announced on Thursday that Parsons remains in the first stage of the NBA’s concussion protocol and he continues to receive treatment for symptoms of whiplash and the associated cervical disc injury. Parsons’ recovery will continue in his home California and he will continue to rehabilitate under the treatment of a team of doctors and therapists overseen by the Hawks and Emory Sports Medicine staff.
On Jan. 15, the Atlanta Hawks announced that Chandler Parsons was involved in an automobile crash following the team’s afternoon practice. At that time, Parsons had been diagnosed with a “concussion and whiplash,” and he was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.
On Monday afternoon, however, a release emerged that paints Parsons’ injuries in a severe light, with Morgan & Morgan now representing him.
Morgan & Morgan has been retained by @ATLHawks small forward @ChandlerParsons following a January 15th car crash in which he suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation, and a torn labrum. pic.twitter.com/1qo3ZAUahY— Morgan & Morgan (@forthepeople) January 20, 2020
By its own wording, the firm is described as the “nation’s largest plaintiff firm” and the official release again notes (as in the above tweet) that the 31-year-old Parsons sustained “multiple severe and permanent injuries.”
The statement from Morgan & Morgan goes on to say that Parsons was “seriously injured” in the crash, which took place at 2:00 pm ET. From there, it goes on to describe the incident, including the allegation that the “at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway” and that the other driver “now stands charged with DUI.”
Within the same release, Morgan & Morgan also says that the accident involved three cars, “potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a professional athlete.”
“Chandler was in peak physical condition at the time of the wreck,” Mr. Parsons’ attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis said in the statement. “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.”
At this time, there is no official statement from the Hawks beyond the initial release on Jan. 15, though the team did add “associated disc injury” to his official injury designation before Monday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.