Tony Parker might have more than one reason to wish his San Antonio Spurs team was still in the NBA playoffs. The NBA star was in the wrong place at the wrong time early Thursday morning when he suffered a scratched retina on one of his eyes during the bottle-hurling brawl at a New York City nightclub involving rappers Chris Brown and Drake— reportedly over the singer Rihanna.
Parker , wearing dark glasses, described the incident Friday in Paris during a news conference posted on YouTube. He said he expects to be sidelined about a week while the French Olympic team prepares for the London Games.
The Spurs' guard said he was wearing a "therapeutic" contact lens and had to go to an emergency room after arriving in Paris.
The French basketball star described the melee and aftermath: "I was with my friend Chris Brown and me and my friends took some punches, so I'll be missing the start of the French team because I can't do anything for a week except keep the lens in and then take drops."
Those relatively quiet nights banging elbows against the Oklahoma City Thunder probably don't seem so bad now. The Spurs were knocked out of the playoffs by the Thunder 4-2 last week.
The fight turned into a bottle-tossing free-for-all and police said Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were among several people injured in the fight at the Soho club.
Parker said, "They started throwing bottles everywhere. I don't know what happened. At first it was OK, but then it started getting worse and when the plane landed it was really hurting so I went straight to the ER."
The glass and bottle-throwing was so bad, a NYC council member is looking to curb "bottle service" at all city clubs and bars.
The San Antonio Spurs declined comment.
Parker is used to making the gossip pages with his ex-wife, actress Eva Longoria, but I'm sure he never hoped he'd be making headlines linking him to Rihanna in this scenario.
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