Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons’ playing career has ended. The 33-year-old NBA player was involved in an accident involving an allegedly drunk driver, his legal team says. Due to the injury he sustain from the accident, he was forced to end his playing career.
Parsons suffered permanent injuries in the crash, including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum, according a news release from attorneys John Morgan and Nick Panagakis.
“The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives of countless motorists,” the statement said. “He now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection.”
Parsons joined the Hawks this season following a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has averaged fewer than 3 points in the five games he’s played for Atlanta. A journeyman, the 6-foot-9 small forward was drafted in 2011 and played for the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks before joining the Grizzlies in 2016.
Parsons became a free agent after the Hawks waived him in February. He has yet to sign with another team and faces the possibility that he will never get another chance in the NBA. Parsons has been at the low point of his career between injuries and poor performances over the past few seasons. Combine that with the 32-year-old’s injury in a car crash, and it’s hard for him to find a team willing to sign him.