Retired 13-year veteran Mookie Blaylock was on life support following a car accident in Georgia on Friday afternoon:
Former NBA star and Hawks player Mookie Blaylock was one of two people critically injured Friday afternoon in a head-on collision in Clayton County, according to police. Blaylock, 46, was driving a Cadillac Escalade northbound on Tara Boulevard when for unknown reasons, he crossed over the median and into a southbound lane, Jonesboro police Chief Franklin Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Blaylock’s vehicle struck another vehicle head-on, injuring two people, whose names were not released, and himself, Franklin said. All three were transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where Blaylock was flown and was on life support and unresponsive, Franklin said. A female passenger in the second vehicle was bleeding internally, he said.
Fortunately, Blaylock has recently been taken off of life support. Unfortunately however, a passenger in the van, Monica Murphy, has died. Blaylock played 13 seasons for the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Golden State Warriors, earning recognition for both his colorful name and tenacious defense at the point guard position. He saw his greatest success with the Hawks from 1992 to 1999, earning an All-Star selection in 1994 and making the All-Defensive list six times (including two First Teams). He led the NBA in steals per game in consecutive seasons from 1996-97 and 1997-98 and is still one of only five players in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
His name also entered the broader culture as inspiration to the band Pearl Jam. Before changing their name for legal reasons, the group went by “Mookie Blaylock” and even named their hit 1991 album “Ten” in honor of his jersey number.
We wish Blaylock and his family all the best and hope that he can recover.