Mookie Blaylock has turned himself in to police on Monday and is now in jail facing charges of vehicular manslaughter.
Blaylock was in a head-on collision last week that killed a passenger in another car and left the former NBA player severely injured. A judge will determine on Tuesday if Blaylock will be released on bail, but lawyers believe he will.
The 46-year-old Blaylock has been charged not only with vehicular manslaughter but also driving on a suspended license, failing to maintain his land, and crossing a center median. After the crash, Blaylock was placed on life support but went on to recover after spending more than a week in an Atlanta area hospital.
Blaylock was still showing some of the effects of the crash when he turned himself in to police on vehicular homicide charges on Monday. He needed the aid of a walker to reach the police station.
Mookie Blaylock averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game over his 13-year NBA career. He spent time with the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Golden State Warriors. Known as a defensive specialist, Blaylock twice led the league in steals per game and was selected to the All-Defensive first or second team six straight seasons between 1994 and 1999.
Police said there were no indications of alcohol or speed in the crash. Mookie Blaylock has previously been under a doctor’s care for seizures, police noted.
As he recovered, Mookie Blaylock also got some words of encouragement from members of Pearl Jam, a band which was originally named “Mookie Blaylock.”
“Sending good thoughts to Mookie,” the band wrote on its Instagram account.
Even if he is released on bail, Mookie Blaylock still has more trouble ahead. He has a warrant for his arrest in Spalding County after failing to appear in March on a charge of driving under the influence.