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Ex-NBA player Mookie Blaylock critical after crash

Golden State Warriors guard Mookie Blaylock (R) tries to work the ball around Dallas Mavericks guard Greg Buckner in Dallas in this February 3, 2001 file photo. Reuters Photographer

Golden State Warriors guard Mookie Blaylock (R) tries to work the ball around Dallas Mavericks guard Greg Buckner in Dallas in this February 3, 2001 file photo. Reuters Photographer

ATLANTA — Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock was in critical condition at an Atlanta hospital on Friday after being involved in a car crash that killed another person, police said.

Jonesboro Police Chief Frank Allen told Reuters that Blaylock, 46, was taken off life support when his condition stabilized.

Atlanta Medical Center spokeswoman Nicole Gustin said Blaylock, who played most of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, was listed in critical condition at the facility, but she could not release other details.

Blaylock was behind the wheel of a 2010 Cadillac Escalade on Friday in Clayton County, south of Atlanta, when he crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and struck a minivan head-on, Allen said.

"We have reason to believe he may have suffered a seizure," Allen said. "He had been previously treated for a seizure disorder."

A husband and wife in the minivan were injured along with Blaylock, and all three people were transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where the woman later died, Allen said.

The man in the minivan suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Blaylock played in the National Basketball Association from 1989-2002. His ability to shut down opposing players twice earned him a place on the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

He played with the Hawks from 1992-1999 and also spent time with the New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors.

An arrest warrant for Blaylock was issued on May 21 for failure to appear in court on drug possession and drunken- driving charges, Allen said.

Comments

Gundoctor1 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Drugs, DUI and now a medical condition that should stop him from driving.

I believe in GA that you must be seizure-free for 12 months before you are allowed to drive, but just exactly who is going to enforce this? We cannot stop kids from texting and driving. Every state has these seizure regulations, but I would bet none are truly enforced.

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