Tony Parker (eye) to miss Olympics?
NBA star Tony Parker could miss next month's Olympics after suffering a severe eye injury in a recent New York City nightclub brawl between musician Chris Brown and friends of hip-hop artist Drake.
The San Antonio Spurs point guard, who is also a member of the French National Team, suffered a scratched cornea as a result of said brawl, and underwent surgery on Sunday to remove a glass shard that “penetrated 99 percent” of his left eye.
The French National Team began practice last Wednesday without Parker, who will have to wait until he is examined by a specialist in New York on July 5 to find out if he can join them.
"I'm seeing a specialist in New York with the hope of being given the all clear to play in the Olympic Games," Parker said in an interview on his website. "The Spurs are very worried. ... Anything can happen, including me being out of the Olympics. The decision doesn't belong to me anymore. It's in the hands of the doctor and San Antonio."
Parker was one of eight injured during the fight at W.i.P in SoHo on June 15, when police say members of Drake's entourage stopped Brown as he was leaving. The fight escalated and bottles were thrown, with flying glass from that scuffle causing Parker's injury.
The 30-year-old star is suing W.i.P for $20 million, and claims he has suffered hallucinations and is stuck in his hotel room applying five different medicines every two hours due to risk of infection.
"An eye is so fragile. I couldn't believe it. But that's life. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
France will play its first game in the Olympics against the United States on July 29.
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