Tracy Morgan hasn't made many public statements since the six-car accident that critically injured him and killed one of his friends, but he decided today to weigh in on his legal battle against Walmart, the company whose truck crashed into his limo bus.

Walmart's attorneys said yesterday in a court filing that it doesn't owe Morgan and his fellow passengers anything because they should have protected themselves by buckling up. The company further denied any responsibility for how long the truck driver, who Morgan's lawyers claim was sleep-deprived at the time of the accident, had been awake.

"After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out. I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back," Morgan replied in a statement today, according to Dave Itzkoff at the New York Times.

Morgan, who suffered traumatic brain injuries in the accident, was due for a cognitive assessment at the end of this month. His lawyer said in August that he's been having "a tough time," so this lucid and optimistic statement looks like good news in terms of his eventual return to comedy.

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