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

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.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Memphis Grizzlies Forward Chandler Parsons (25) shoots a free throw during warmups before an NBA game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers on November 4, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Chandler Parsons #31 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles in the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on November 22, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Atlanta 128-103. 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 Rick Osentoski/Getty Images)
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)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Hawks forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture during the Atlanta Hawks Media Day on September 30, 2019, at Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Chandler Parsons #31 of the Atlanta Hawks poses for portraits during media day at Emory Sports Medicine Complex on September 30, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 20: Chandler Parsons arrives at the premiere party for the OBB Pictures and Netflix Original Series "Historical Roasts" featuring Jeff Ross at Landmark Theatre on May 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies gets by JaMychal Green #4 of the Los Angeles Clippers for a basket in the second half of the game at Staples Center on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 25: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies passes the ball while defended by Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the game at FedExForum on March 25, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis won 115-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 25: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at FedExForum on March 25, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis won 115-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 23: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum on March 23, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. Minnesota won 112-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 22: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies puts up a free throw against the Orlando Magic in the first half at Amway Center on March 22, 2019 in Orlando, 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 Harry Aaron/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates after scoring against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 1: Chandler Parsons smiles at an open run hosted by Rico Hines on August 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
THERMAL, CA - APRIL 14: Chandler Parsons attends The Levi's Brand Presents NEON CARNIVAL with Tequila Don Julio on April 14, 2018 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles towards the basket in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on March 19, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 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 Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Chandler Parsons of the Memphis Grizzlies poses at the Adidas hosts All Star Black Tie on February 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 27: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies takes a shot in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images). 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 Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 6: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies warms up before the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2017 in New York City. 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 Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 30: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a free throw during a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the FedEx Forum on October 30, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. 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. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 104-99. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 26: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies warming up before a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the FedEx Forum on October 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. 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. The Grizzlies defeated the Mavericks 96-91. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 04: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a three-poiint shot against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on March 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. 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 Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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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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