Tracy Morgan Emmys Appearance Angers Walmart Truck Driver’s Lawyer
Tracy Morgan’s surprise appearance at Sunday’s Emmys has angered the lawyer of Kevin Roper, the Walmart truck driver who’s currently awaiting indictment for his role in the comedian’s 2014 car accident.
As Gossip Cop reported, Morgan presented the final award of the evening at the 67th annual Emmys, marking his first first public appearance since sustaining major injuries in June 2014 when Roper crashed his truck into the comedian’s tour bus on the New Jersey turnpike. Morgan made a very emotional speech during his Emmys appearance, revealing, “It’s been a long road back. I suffered a traumatic brain injury that put me in a coma for eight days.” He added, “Thanks to my amazing doctors and the support of my beautiful new wife, I’m here, standing on my own two feet.”
But in a statement released to The Wrap on Monday, Roper’s attorney David Jay Glassman argued that his client’s “guilt or innocence” is being decided at “an awards show.” Glassman said, “This is exactly what happens when a prosecutor and a judge allow the victims to dictate what’s important and control the proceedings. While the violations of Mr. Roper’s rights continue unabated, clearly Mr. Morgan’s monetary reward has been realized and his personal as well as professional recovery is well underway.” Glassman continued, “Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about my client, who awaits indictment, while his constitutional rights have been discarded in favor of a punchline.”
As Gossip Cop has noted, Morgan’s settlement with Walmart was announced in May, and it’s been speculated that the former “SNL” star was paid tens of millions of dollars for pain and suffering. Meanwhile, Roper is seeking a dismissal of the criminal charges against him on the grounds that he can’t get a fair trial.