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DUIs Are Funny. If Your Name Is Tracy Morgan

Actor/comedian, Tracy Morgan is best known for his portrayal of characters like animal expert, Brian Fellows on Saturday Night Live, and more recently for his role on NBC’s acclaimed show “30 Rock.” However, the funnyman may also be known for his run in with the law and love of drinking and all things alcohol.

In November 2006, Morgan was arrested on suspicion of DUI at 4:30 a.m. in his beloved city of Manhattan. He reportedly admitted he had been drinking beer at a local night club. Sadly, Morgan was already on probation stemming from a prior DUI charge. In order to avoid jail time for a second DUI and possible violation of probation, he entered into a plea agreement to wear a SCRAM bracelet, or DUI ankle bracelet made popular by other celebrities like rapper, Eve, and appear at high schools to warn students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Morgan reflected on his partying ways, saying:

“It happened. Unfortunately, it happened. I’m not perfect. I’m like anyone else. Driving under the influence isn’t cool. I have kids and I don’t want anyone to get the wrong message about that. It’s something I’ve resolved in my life. Things got a little bumpy and it was taken care of. And I feel great about it and feel good in my sobriety.”

Morgan told the reporter he takes his sobriety “one day at a time” but what he really wanted was “25 to 30 drinks!” Morgan fell off his chair in laughter and admitted to the reporter he was only kidding. Perhaps laughter really is the best medicine.

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