Ex-NBA Player Mookie Blaylock in Critical Condition After Car Crash, Pearl Jam Tweet Sentiments


| June 1, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock is in critical condition at an Atlanta-area hospital following a car crash Friday night.

Blaylock’s SUV swerved over the median south of the city and hit an oncoming van head-on, killing one person in the car. Blaylock was air-lifted from the crash scene to Atlanta Medical Center where he was initially put on life support. The 46-year-old former point guard was taken off life support and is now in guarded critical condition.

The van’s passenger Monica Murphy, 43, was pronounced dead just before 10PM on Friday. Her husband Frankie Murphy, 41, suffered a broken ankle and was released from the hospital after treatment.

“Our thoughts are with Mookie Blaylock, who is in the hospital tonight after a car crash,” tweeted the Atlanta Hawks. Blaylock had spent seven seasons with team between 1992-99.

Blaylock, who played in the NBA for a total of thirteen season, the final three with the Golden State Warriors, is said to suffer from seizures, which police are looking into as the cause of the crash.

“Prayers out to Mookie Blaylock and his family! Big fan of his as a kid #PG #NBAFamily,” tweeted the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul.

Blaylock began his career as a first-round draft pick for the New Jersey Nets in 1989. During the 1996-97 season, the six-foot point guard was second in the league in 3-point shots, and also lead the league in steals that year and the next. His name resonated with members of the band Pearl Jam, who originally named their grunge-rock outfit Mookie Blaylock and titled their debut album Ten after his jersey number.

“Sending good thoughts to Mookie,” tweeted the band, along with the photo below.