Tracy Morgan appeared Tuesday on PBS’ Tavis Smiley to discuss his new film Cop Out and revealed that his son has inspired him to hold himself to a higher standard than he had in the past.
After Tracy was charged for driving under the influence he suffered many consequences that have majorly impacted his life.
“I had fun. Nobody got hurt. But I hurt me,” Tracy explained to Tavis. “I thought I was winning. And I lost my family. I lost a 21-year-old marriage. And that just made me go, ‘Wait a minute.’ You know, I’m walking around with a bracelet on my ankle and my son looking at me like I’m Kunta Kinte, like, ‘What’chu doing, Dad? What if I start driving and drinking? Would that be cool?’ And that was it for me. That was the end of it.”
Tracy said his son has made him change his ways and live a better life.
“This is my son. And I disappointed him,” the 30 Rock star stated. “So that made me change. Some people don’t even care, they get wrapped up in their own little world, that they don’t even see who they’re hurting. I didn’t.”
“My son said, ‘What if I start driving drunk and kill somebody?’ And right there just made me look in the mirror like, ‘I gotta step up my game.’ So I did,” Tracy added. “And I’m glad it came from my son, I love him. He saved my life – again. Because before, I was on a street corner in Brooklyn hanging out, just hanging out. Then I had these kids and they gave me responsibility and grow up and become a man. So again, there he was, to rescue me.”