(NEW YORK) — Tracy Morgan refuses to engage in a public war of words with his family, following claims made by his sister that he hasn’t done enough to support their mother, who could soon face foreclosure.
Morgan’s 61-year-old mother, Alicia Warden, recently told the New York Daily News she owes nearly $25,000 on her home in northeast Ohio. Warden said she’s been informed that foreclosure proceedings will begin on Feb. 23 if she does not make a minimum mortgage payment by then.
Warden said her son offered her two thousand dollars, but she turned him down. She explained to the Daily News, “I’m not some person in the street.”
Morgan’s sister, Asia Morgan, argues that the 30 Rock star is in position to help out their mother, but hasn’t come through. Pointing out that Warden is battling health issues, including diabetes, Asia Morgan told the Daily News, “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.” She claimed that Morgan has “never been a nice person,” and calls him a “d*****bag.”
In a statement obtained by E! Online, Morgan says he is “saddened that these untrue stories about me have people questioning my commitment to my family.” He continues, “For reasons that are between us, I have not seen my mother in 11 years and outside of a random call here and there have had little to no contact with my sister.”
Morgan noted in his 2009 book I Am the New Black that he was estranged from most of his family, including his mother.
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