Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  16 responses

Alonzo Mourning Denies Any Wrongdoing in Traffic Accident

The Miami Heat front-office exec is being sued for allegedly leaving the scene of a late-night car accident, but Alonzo Mourning claims total innocence in the matter. From the Miami Herald: “On the eve of his philanthropic foundation’s most important fund-raising event of the year, Zo’s Summer Groove, former Miami Heat basketball star Alonzo Mourning is facing a lawsuit stemming from an accident scene he left on Sunday. Mourning, 41, was driving home to Coral Gables with his wife, Tracy, at 3 a.m. Sunday from the wedding of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh at the Fontainebleau Hotel, when he crossed the Julia Tuttle Causeway and his blue 2010 Porsche Panamera slid into one of two crashed cars in the middle of the highway … Neither men were hurt by Mourning’s car. According to a Florida Highway Police report, Mourning got out, went over to check on the men, who told him they were OK and that they had already called police. Mourning continued driving home, then called police, the FHP report said. He was told to return to the scene and he did. He and his wife returned to the accident scene in Tracy Mourning’s SUV. She drove. Asked if he had been drinking, Mourning said that, as a kidney transplant patient, he does not drink or smoke. ‘I’ve been completely cooperative and met with the police,’ Mourning told The Herald. ‘And now that the facts are straightened out, I think everyone will see that I didn’t cause the accident and didn’t cause any injuries.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Shouldn’t have changed vehicles once you got home, Zo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    I figured this was a story of a guy who figured he could make some money off a chance encounter with a celebrity. This is the world we live in.

  • LP

    Tryna make a quick buck: “ALonzo caused the accident, I even hurt myself, he was drunk. Can’t you see? He switched cars. Oh, yea, i meant his wife was drunk, since he can’t drink. Pay Me now.”

  • SikhWitIt

    Crashing a Porsche Panamera could only make it prettier. They did Zo a favor.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    if the police report says he’s cool, what’s the problem? everybody wanna get rich quick.

  • seriousblack

    If there was no wrongdoing, why even leave the scene? Why change cars? Wait, since he’s a celebrity he must be the victim of someone targeting him simply because he has money. He’s innocent despite his questionable behavior after the accident because people just like to make a quick buck off of famous athletes. Riiiiiiight.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Switching cars doesn’t make him guilty. He sustained damage to the vehicle and probably didn’t want to drive it anymore than he had to. The kid probably didn’t recognize Zo, found out who he is later and decided to go after his pockets.

  • seriousblack

    And being a rich celebrity doesn’t mean he’s innocent. It works both ways. Leaving the scene of an accident will always leave a shroud of suspicion over an incident. Only they know what really happened but unlike the rest of these “fans” I’m not going to be so quick to assume he isn’t at fault for anything just because I like a sport he used to play.

  • bike

    Another mysterious event that occurred late at night/early morning by a current or former professional athlete. Advice to all former and current professional athletes; don’t leave the house after dark. Ever. For whatever reason.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Read the whole article, people.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Seriousblack From reading the article I would side with the person in Zo’s position, whether they were famous or not. Its not like he hit the guys car and sped away. He bumped into a car that was already totaled! He got out of his car and spoke to both guys who told him they were fine and already called police. Should he have stayed, probably, just to be on the safe side. But can I blame him for leaving when all he did was mess up his own car? No.

  • seriousblack

    An article is just that; it’s an article. It’s not some legal document with sworn statements from everyone involved, hence my comment about only those involved really knowing what happend. But wait, the Slam commenters suggest reading the article for the truth of the matter. Argument over; mystery solved.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    “An article is just that; it’s an article. It’s not some legal document with sworn statements from everyone involved” Yet you’re questioning Zo’s actions. That makes sense.

  • seriousblack

    Um, I’m merely saying that there is a possibility that he’s not as innocent in all this as he proclaims he is. You and others are the ones who read the article and posted comments where you are inferring what was going through his head to justify his actions to someone who read the same article you did. “Yet you’re questioning Zo’s actions”. I’m not suppose to “question” the actions of someone who admittedly left the scene of an accident? Because he’s a celebrity? Because the article quotes him stating his innocence? Your position is actually borderline creepy if you think about it. My point is that he may or may not have been more guilty than the article quotes him as stating. You’re actually arguing against that because he’s a basketball player whose word you apparently think is law. Yea ok, buddy.

  • seriousblack

    Notice the difference between our positions. I never said I thought he was guilty or innocent of any accusations. You, however, seem certain that his story is the truth with no other knowledge of the situation other than an internet article. All because he’s an athlete. Good job.

  • alphabetaherculis

    Yeah, he went home to hide the weed, the gun, and drink some strong coffee and then came back with his wife driving.