Tracy Morgan is drawing side-eyes (which he’s no stranger to) for his family’s claim that he refuses to bail his mother out of her $25,000 mortgage debt. His mother, Alicia Warden, lives in Ohio and lost her job last year. She told reporters that she is also in danger of having her car repossessed and electricity cut off, and if she does not make a mortgage payment by February 23 her home will enter foreclosure.
Yet Warden also told reporters that when her comedian son collapsed at the Sundance Film Festival recently, she only learned of the incident from the internet. The two are considered “estranged,” so she says that when she lost her job last year and asked Tracy for money, one of his employees called and offered a “one shot deal” of $2,000. Asia Morgan, Tracy’s sister, explained that her mother is in failing health and thinks that the least someone with his kind of money could do — the star is worth an estimated $18 million — is help out with what would be “a drop in the bucket” for him. She also added that he’s never been a nice person anyway.
Is it just me or is there something funky about this situation? Don’t get me wrong, if my mother needed anything on this earth I’d do all I could to make sure she had it, and that’s the gut-reaction many of us probably have when reading this story. But doesn’t the word estranged mean that there is no relationship and therefore she shouldn’t expect a dime? It seems easier on the conscience to just send her the money and be done with it, and that’s probably what I’d do, but that’s also how folks in his position end up broke. A little handout here, a little handout there, and before you know it Tracy Morgan is filing for bankruptcy.
It’s sad that Tracy Morgan doesn’t get along with his mom, and I can only wonder what’s behind that, but my only side-eye is reserved for his mother and sister putting all of this information out to the media in an attempt to shame him.
What do you think of this story? Would you bail a family member out if you had millions?
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