Former NBA star, Mookie Blaylock, whose 13-year NBA career ended in 2002, admitted to the judge that he was well aware he should not have been driving due to his seizure disorder. According to Blaylock, “his SUV crossed the center line and collided with a minivan outside Atlanta in May 2013. Authorities stated that Monica Murphy, a mother of five who was a passenger in the other vehicle, died of her injuries hours after the accident. Blaylock was in critical condition after the crash but recovered.”
According to Clayton County court records Blaylock pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle.
A negotiated plea came on the day jury selection was to start for his trial. According to the plea deal, the term was reduced to seven years, suspended after three, and followed by eight years of probation. He must complete requirements including: 1,500 hours of community service, treatment for alcoholism, including twice weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, and refrain from driving for the entire 15 years.
Blaylock’s lawyer Amanda Palmer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Blaylock may only spend three years in prison if he attends alcohol abuse counseling and meets other criteria. He has admitted he has a problem with alcohol and he is getting treatment for that. He said something to the effect that the accident had changed him, and I think he was referring to his drinking. Mr. Murphy [Frank Murphy, Monica Murphy’s husband] spoke and said he understood it was a negotiated sentence… I can’t say he went so far to let say he was okay with it but I guess he let the court know he didn’t oppose it.”