Chandler Parsons playing career is in jeopardy after being involved in a serious car accident.
On Monday, Parsons' legal team released a statement explaining that the Hawks forward was injured by a drunk driver on Jan. 15. Unlike last week's team announcement, this release was able to shed more light on the accident. It describes the incident as a "three-car" pile-up at a "busy intersection."
"Parsons was traveling home from practice shortly before 2:00 p.m. when he was struck by a driver who was later arrested for drinking and driving," the statement reads per Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Following the accident, Parsons was taken to the Emory Sports Medicine Complex. Initially, it was reported that Parsons suffered a concussion and whiplash. Yet, the statement from his lawyers discloses the "severe and permanent" injuries Parsons sustained during the crash.
"[H]e suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum," Haynes reports.
The 31-year-old Parsons has spent eight years in the NBA. He's played for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Atlanta Hawks. Although his career has been plagued by knee injuries, the Morgan & Morgan law firm—which will represent Parsons during his pending legal battle—claims that he was in "peak physical condition" before the crash.
"Chandler was in peak physical condition at the time of the wreck," the law firm said. "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."
Parsons is on the final year of his the four-year, $94.4 million deal he signed with the Grizzlies. Although he hasn't been getting a lot of playing time, Parson told HoopsHype's Bryan Kalbrosky in December that this is the "most healthy" he's felt in a while. He explained that he was eager to get on the court and make this contract year worth his while.
"My knees feel great, my body feels great," Parsons said. "Hopefully, it's just a blessing in disguise that I'm not playing now and I'll be ready. It sucks, but at the same time I'm preserving my body and like I said…I'm dying to play, but it's out of my control."