Mookie Blaylock Reportedly on Life Support Following Car Accident

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2013

Retired NBA point guard Mookie Blaylock is reportedly on life support after being involved in a two-car accident in Georgia's Clayton County according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


UPDATE: Monday, June 3, at 5:41 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Blaylock has officially been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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UPDATE: Monday, June 3, at 10:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Mookie Blaylock will face two charges following a tragic car accident last Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Kristina Torres:

Former NBA star and Hawks player Mookie Blaylock will be charged on at least two counts in the Friday car accident that left a woman dead.

Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen left open whether any other charges would be brought against the former star, the Associated Press reported Sunday. As it is, Allen said the 46-year-old Blaylock will face charges of driving on a suspended license and failing to stay in his lane.

Police have not yet been able to talk with Blaylock, whose condition was upgraded from critical to serious Saturday by the Atlanta Medical Center.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 1, at 12:50 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

According to a report from Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Blaylock's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. 

Former NBA star and Hawks player Mookie Blaylock’s condition was upgraded from critical to serious Saturday, a day after he was involved in a head-on collision in Clayton County that left a woman dead.

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UPDATE: Friday, May 31, at 9:01 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Alexis Stevens provides this information from police chief Franklin Allen:

By Friday evening, Blaylock’s condition had improved and was removed from life support, but he remained in guarded, but critical condition, Allen said. Blaylock has been under treatment for seizures, a family member told police. It was not immediately known if that contributed to the wreck or if Blaylock would face charges.

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Blaylock, 46, was one of two people critically injured in the accident, which happened Friday afternoon, according to an account given to the Journal-Constitution by Jonesboro police chief Franklin Allen. The former NBA All-Star was traveling on Jonesboro's Tara Boulevard before swerving hard into the opposing lane.

Barreling over the median and into oncoming traffic, Blaylock's vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with another driver. The accident injured two unnamed people and Blaylock, all three of whom were transported to a local hospital.


Blaylock was unresponsive and was placed on life support as a result. The severity of Blaylock's injuries are not confirmed, nor is his reasoning for swerving into the opposing lane. 

An unnamed female passenger suffered internal bleeding. Her prognosis has not been released to the public at this time. The injuries of the third person, whose gender has not been specified, are also unknown.

Upon hearing of the crash, many reached out to give their condolences, including boxer Mike Tyson:


Chris Vivlamore of the Journal-Constitution reported that the Atlanta Hawks have heard about the crash and are looking into what happened.

Blaylock played 13 seasons in the NBA, including seven with the Hawks. During that time in the 1990s, Blaylock became one of the most beloved figures on Atlanta's professional sports scene.

The 6'1" Blaylock was known as a menacing defender and one of the hardest-working guards in the game. While never possessing the most prodigious athletic talents, Blaylock made up for it with tenacity on the defensive end and just enough flash offensively.  He made six All-Defensive teams (two first-team selections) and was named an All-Star appearance in 1993-94, despite only averaging a shade over 13 points per game in the campaign. 

Blaylock was traded to the Golden State Warriors before the 1999-2000 season and spent his final three professional years with the club. He retired following the 2001-02 campaign, finishing with career averages of 13.5 points, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

While Blaylock mostly disappeared from the national lexicon following his playing days, he was back in the news lately thanks to the accomplishments of his sons. Twins Daron and Zack Blaylock committed to play football at Kentucky in 2011, where both are defensive backs

Our thoughts are with Blaylock's family at this time.