Okay, I'll admit the reports of Tracy Morgan collapsing at the Sundance Film Festival sound a bit fishy, but I think the 30 Rock star deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt. Because while Morgan is known for being something of a loose cannon -- drunk driving arrests, that infamously offensive rant during his stand-up act in Nashville -- he's also known for being a diabetic. For surviving a kidney transplant in 2010 that could have killed him.
So why is it so difficult for people to believe the guy is legitimately sick? Even after the Utah hospital where Morgan is being treated released a statement denying that any drugs or alcohol were found in his system?
Apparently Morgan appeared "disoriented" while giving a speech and "out of sorts" during dinner (he was supposedly yelling and fell down). Morgan's rep says a combination of altitude and exhaustion triggered the episode, adding:
"He is with his fiancée and grateful to the Park City Medical Center for their care. Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100% false."
Considering the man isn't exactly in the best of health to begin with, the altitude/exhaustion explanation sounds perfectly plausible to me. I understand that Morgan has a history of substance abuse and erratic behavior, but it's simply not fair to assume that's what's happening here.
A quick-to-condemn attitude is never going to help someone in recovery stay in recovery. And knowing how seriously ill Morgan has been in the not-so-distant past, why hasn't the immediate reaction to this news been one of concern for his general health? Organ transplants are serious business. Getting your kidney switched out isn't exactly the same thing as rotating your tires.
Whatever really is going on with Morgan, I hope he gets well soon.
What do you think caused Tracy Morgan's collapse at Sundance?
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