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Comic Tracy Morgan’s mom complains he won’t help her

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Comic Tracy Morgan, who once joked during a stand-up routine that he’d stab his son if the youngster acted gay, is back in the news with more family-related drama.

Morgan issued an apology for his gay joke but is not responding to claims by his mother that he will not help her financially.

Alicia Warden of Ohio, who discussed her plight with the New York Daily News on the condition that her address was not revealed, said she faces foreclosure and is about to have her utilities disconnected because she cannot pay. She told the NYDN that she owes less $25,000 on her home, but that her son would only offer a gift of $2,000 when she requested financial assistance after her unemployment benefits ran out.

“My mom’s house isn’t extravagant, but it’s her home. Her health is failing. She has diabetes, and her legs are giving out on her,” his sister Asia Morgan said. “This would be a drop in the bucket for Tracy. She has a son that can do, and she’s done everything that she could possibly could for her family.”

Asia added, just in case anyone was unclear how she feels about her brother:

“He’s never been a nice person. Money’s just made it worse.”

Earlier this month Tracy Morgan was rushed to a hospital after collapsing at the Sundance Film Festival. His representative said he succumbed to a combination of exhaustion and altitude, and Morgan soon tweeted news of his recovery: “Superman ran into a little kryptonite. The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn.” He is back at work filming “30 Rock,” he said in another post.

Morgan was at Sundance to receive the Spotlight Initiative Award.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Look before I leap...

January 31st, 2012
2:13 pm

Not a fan of Tracey Morgan – mostly because he just isn’t very funny.
But there are two sides to every story and we know nothing of the dynamic between he and his mother. For all we know she could be a pill-popping, abusive shrew.
And why isn’t Miss Asia stepping up to the plate to assist dear ole mom?

caem921

January 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

Well it could be that Miss Asia is as bad off as her mother. You ever think about that?

T

January 31st, 2012
2:23 pm

Love how when anyone in Hollywood ends up in the hospital is because of “exhaustion.” As Hermain Cain would say…”We are not stupid!”

angie

January 31st, 2012
2:25 pm

this breaks my heart how can you not help your mom

justin

January 31st, 2012
2:26 pm

I would like to hear both sides of this story before passing judgement. Something smells fishy about this one.

Swaga1

January 31st, 2012
2:29 pm

Even if his mom does pops pills its still his mother who carried his big head ass for 9 months….imgaine giving birth with a child dome as big as his….would u sit by and watch your mom get thrown out of her house owing only $25,000?….i would hope not especially since he has the means to help. He’s never been funny to me and he has a bad body and needs to go to the gym and get a shape that’s more like a man….anyways he’s a waste of egg and semen and while he’s talkin about gays, he’s the one who looks gay….wow what a waste

Frank Furter

January 31st, 2012
2:30 pm

Pamela

January 31st, 2012
2:30 pm

Well Deion Sanders said it best…he said in his book that what ever you are before you get money..you will take it to another level after you get money. His sister said that he was mean before…so now he just took it to another level.

This is really sad and he should be ashamed of himself. He really should have been taking care of his Mother. She is ill and SHE’S HIS MOTHER for cryin’ out loud! He need to do what’s right. The Bible says to honor your Mother and your Father so that your days will be long…he is not doing that. He is cursing himself.

I’m not a fan of Tracy Morgan..never was.

tom

January 31st, 2012
2:31 pm

yes I agree… He’s NEVER been the least bit funny ! And now to find out he’s not a nice person to his own MOTHER !!! SHAME on you TRACY !!! May you never be in your mothers situation dude….

Pamela

January 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

Trust me when I say that “Karma’ is a bytch! He will be worse off than his Mother. Hollywood is really wishy washy and before you know it…everyone will REALLY say Tracy who? I ALWAYS forget about him now until he is mentioned. I know that there are 2 sides to every story, but I really feel this story is true. So sad. Since he became big his Mother should NOT have to work another day in her life. He really should have been and need to take care of his Mother.

Sunny

January 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

@ T: The man suffers from diabetes and recently had a kidney transplant so it’s quite possible that he was “exhausted” from the altitude.

As for his mother, she isn’t entitled to anything and it’s quite fishy that she decided to take to the media with her plight to get the issue resolved. Publicly slandering your child and/or brother reeks isn’t the route to take for a loving parent.

Sunny

January 31st, 2012
2:38 pm

And pardon my grammatical errors! :-)

Obama #1

January 31st, 2012
2:38 pm

Let Obama take care of her…I thought he was stopping foreclosures and curing diabetes (a disease started by Republicans).

Sunny

January 31st, 2012
2:40 pm

Also, for those claiming that he’s “made it big,” how do we know this to be true? To my knowledge, he isn’t a huge star that has a television show or several movies in the works so 25 grand may not be as easy to come by as an outsider may think.

Lucious

January 31st, 2012
2:41 pm

If you people are so concerned about the well being of his mother without knowing any history of their relationship, why don’t you send money to help her out? I love it when people have opinions on what OTHER people should do with THEIR money. Then turn around and make negative comments about the person the think should help someone. Awesome way to get your points across guys!!!

JET

January 31st, 2012
2:41 pm

First let me say I am not a fan of Tracy Morgan, I never thought he was funny and at time he is so obnoxious. Twelve years ago my mom asked me and my three children to leave her home. I had just lost my husband to a cancerous tumor and she felt the burden was going to be too much on her. She is now living at my home after loosing her house. You just never know. This world is a full circle andI could have hardened my heart and say “not in my house”. We do not know what this guy went through with his mother, some sons are not as forgiving as some daughters. Remember you get just what you sow.

JF McNamara

January 31st, 2012
2:45 pm

Sounds bizarre. I wonder how much he’s already given them. I doubt he’s rich enough to take care of his entire family on a continual basis unless he ends up broke too…especially knowing he could be cancelled at any moment.

Either way, the $2000 he offered covers the mortgage I’m sure. It would cover mine. Just take it and be happy.

Em

January 31st, 2012
2:48 pm

I am immediately skeptical of anyone related to a celebrity/high profile person who takes their case to the media. This is just one side of the story and this side wants money.

Jessie Jackson

January 31st, 2012
2:48 pm

It is racist to run this article!!!

Why does the AJC always play the race card.

If this were a white actor…it would not be in the AJC.

pmuckle

January 31st, 2012
2:50 pm

seriously $25,000. like he is going to miss it! Pay the dam note and move on!

Typical Democrat

January 31st, 2012
2:50 pm

This is all George Bush’s fault!

Kimymy

January 31st, 2012
2:55 pm

There are two sides of every story. I live it everyday. For the most part my mother does fine. From time to time things happen and I help (I am not rich by any means). Over the years I have noticed that some of it is just plain bad decisions. I have even caught her (she does not know) asking for help, but not actually needing it, but rather had things she wanted not needed. It is a rock and hard place. On one had you want to help, but you don’t want to encourage the behavior because the will be no one to help you if you need it. In addition it’s funny that people always throw family into the mix. We have no idea what that relationship was/is like. As most of us know family usually hurts us the most. It’s a battle of your heart and mind. I am always in that position and it is a horrible feeling. Most times I am choosing between the lesser of two evils.

PROVE THIS!

January 31st, 2012
3:00 pm

It’s HIS money to do with as HE pleases…wealth envy, don’t you just love it.

Jasmine T

January 31st, 2012
3:03 pm

He left his girlfriend after she donated a kidney to him. I think his sister is probably right. He’s probably a jerk.

Kirk

January 31st, 2012
3:17 pm

Why exactly must EVERYTHING BE POLITICAL??? And what does the president have to do with this?

lil mscdp

January 31st, 2012
3:17 pm

So, his sister does not want him to “help” with $2000, she would rather he pays the entire mortgage off!! LOL…The question is, why does his mother think she deserves to have her house paid off and why does Tracey think differently??? I dont think the media is the proper venue for this families difference in opinion…sounds like blackmail to me…FYI…Mama/Sister Morgan, no one owes you anything in life…

Al Sharton

January 31st, 2012
3:22 pm

More racist reporting by the AJC.

If he were white, this would not be a story.

Jennifer Brett

January 31st, 2012
3:28 pm

Dear Jesse and Al (who are actually one person, or two people posting from the same computer, according to the IP address associated with both comments):

We’re equal opportunity when it comes to celebrity updates. Have you seen recent blogs about Paula Deen’s diabetes or Kim Kardashian’s assorted adventures? Not a lot of love for either in the comments queue. Happily Toni Braxton received nothing but well wishes and kind comments when we posted an item about how she had to be hospitalized for lupus recently.

Jennifer

WJH

January 31st, 2012
3:29 pm

This type of thing is not uncommon, today’s youth is something else!

Too Funny

January 31st, 2012
3:38 pm

Jennifer you are too funny! Love it!!! Sad that they had to go to the media when Facebook is easily accessed……Two sides to every story and the truth is in the middle somewhere… You reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow.

Im just saying

January 31st, 2012
3:41 pm

God don’t like ugly…All of his riches and fame can be taken away in an instant.

Prosper Hogue

January 31st, 2012
3:41 pm

Yes, I agree with several of the comments. There are 2 sides to this story. Most black men are very close to their moms so something is fishy here. I hope she doesn’t lose her house though.

Brian Fellows

January 31st, 2012
3:46 pm

Sunny: Yes, he does have a tv show – “30 Rock” is huge on NBC.

Brian Fellows

January 31st, 2012
3:49 pm

…and he makes about $75k per episode of “30 Rock”.

Been There Done That

January 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

I’m not a fan of Tracy Morgan, but I have to agree with some of the other posters, who knows what their relationship is like. My very own mother has made poor decisions her entire life, gambles constantly, sues people after very minor accidents (has even sued my insurance company) and lives off cases as if it were income. She chooses not to work but milk the system. This type of relationship is draining because you are ALWAYS the person trying to take care of yourself and a family member who perpetually is in a jam. I think it speaks volumes that the family went to the media and did not accept what was offered. You have no idea if the Mom is getting high or has squandered previous money that he sent. I’ve seen it happened and lived it and no matter what I’ve done (to help), you can’t change trifling people’s behaviors or choices.

Big C

January 31st, 2012
3:55 pm

Thanks for telling that idiot off, Jennifer. Why does someone always have to bring up race?! Or read your articles, then ask if it’s news worthy. People need to grow up!

Michelle

January 31st, 2012
3:56 pm

What a loser. He isn’t funny and he isn’t a nice person.

You Reap What You Sow

January 31st, 2012
4:01 pm

It does not matter the relationship he had with his mother. She is his mother. How could anyone turn their back on their mother?

That is shameful and he will pay for his transgressions.

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Leviticus 19:3

Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

LawDawg

January 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

I love how everyone thinks they know what is behind this. It is entirely possible that she was horrifically abusive to him as a child or disowned him before he became famous or something similar. Maybe he does not have a good reason, maybe he doesn’t it, but no one posting here is in any position to judge.

LawDawg

January 31st, 2012
4:09 pm

You Reap What You Sow: Cognitive dissonance is an amazing thing. You quote chapter and verse and state that “he WILL pay for his TRANSGRESSIONS”.

I guess they skipped Matthew 7:1 in your Sunday school.

Pebblebeach

January 31st, 2012
4:18 pm

what a turd of a man who isn’t even funny…

justin

January 31st, 2012
4:19 pm

@ LawDawg

January 31st, 2012
4:07 pm

I love how everyone thinks they know what is behind this. It is entirely possible that she was horrifically abusive to him as a child or disowned him before he became famous or something similar. Maybe he does not have a good reason, maybe he doesn’t it, but no one posting here is in any position to judge.

I agree with you 100%. We don’t know the whole story, because we’ve only heard what the “media” says is his Mother’s side of the story. How do we know that Tracy hasn’t been helping his family out all along. Seems quite strange though that his mother and sister would call him out in the media. Let’s just wait before we pass judgement people.

Phucker Jenkins

January 31st, 2012
4:26 pm

He may be refusing to help because Asia, her 3 kids, and her baby daddy are all living with momma unemployed and not helping with anything. I know how that is. I have 40 (with a spouse) & 31 year old siblings that live with momma. No one ever has any money and everything financially is a struggle. But everyone doesn’t have a job. I could help, but I refuse to help when you have able body adults living there that WILL NOT GET A JOB!!!!

I'll play along

January 31st, 2012
4:27 pm

I don’t know everything behind this but something is up. I remember when Bryant Gumbel’s mom said the same several years ago in a Sport Illustrated article. Seemed to me Greg Gumbel could’ve stepped up to help. Tracy’s family may have been bleeding him dry for some time now and he’s laid down the law at just 2 stacks at a time and not a penny more. Former SF 49er Steve Wallace had issues with his parents living better than he was while he was in the league and even mentioned not enjoying the last Super Bowl he was in because his folks were sitting there waiting for his Super Bowl bonus. Some families don’t have an issue using their money making kids as an ATM with “guilt” as the password. Stay tuned. We need Paul Harvey, so we can get the rest of the story.

Lynne

January 31st, 2012
4:30 pm

ROFLMAO @ Jennifer calling out Al/Jesse. Notice how they won’t come back to respond. That is too funny!

Whatever is going on between Tracey Morgan and his family, hope they work that out before its too late.

INDI

January 31st, 2012
4:30 pm

I dont remeber this story being about who liked Tracy Morgan! But apparently someone does that’s why he is being discussed. I’m sure it’s more to it than what we are hearing. What are you all gone say when it’s reported that he’s broke or he bought his mom a new house? Stop being so judgemental there is 3 sides hers, his, and the truth which only the 2 of them know!!

Bronxgirl

January 31st, 2012
4:32 pm

His ex-girlfriend should gut him and take her kidney back!

I'll play along

January 31st, 2012
4:32 pm

@INDI…I’m getting into comedy, cause apparently not many people have to think you’re funny and you can still make obscene amounts of money!!

I'll play along

January 31st, 2012
4:37 pm

@Bronxgirl…ROFL like in Repo Man!! It’s been a tough run for Mr. Morgan that’s for sure.

mitzymy

January 31st, 2012
4:37 pm

I remember when Isaiah Thomas was going to college at Indiana University, he went home for Christmas his junior year and found his mother home alone and sick. The phone, and gas was off. He called Bobby Knight and told him that he would not return to school. He got a job until he could go to the NBA. The first thing that he did was to buy his mother a house. That is usually what they all do when they earn enough money. Most boys/men are very close to their mothers, so there must be something here that they are not telling. Maybe the money that he sends her is spent on his other family members rather than her needs, and now that he has stopped, they are all angry. I can’t believe that Tracy would deliberately not help his mother, but he probably refuses to take care of the entire family, which might be what has happened.