The San Antonio Spurs have a reputation as being a squeaky-clean franchise. Rarely do you read the headlines and see any Spurs player name on the police blotter or capturing the headlines for all the wrong reason. So this was a bit out of the norm when Tony Parker was at the wrong place, at the wrong time in New York City lately.
Parker was at an NYC night club when a brawl reportedly broke out between pop stars Drake and Chris Brown. I know, Brown involved in a fracas, shocking.
TP was at the same club with his girlfriend and got hit in the eye when champagne bottles were flying everywhere during the fight. The hit to the eye was enough to injure his eye which probably doesn’t sit well with the Spurs’ front office and coaching staff (h/t Project Spurs).
“I was quietly with my friends when a fight broke out. Bottles started flying everywhere. I tried to protect my girlfriend and I got everything,” Parker said, wearing sunglasses to hide the wound.
“The cornea is affected. I cannot do anything for seven days. Wear a therapeutic contact lens and I get drops. I was lucky, that I almost had to get stitches,” he added.
Fortunately, Parker won’t be out long enough to affect his time training with the French national squad for the upcoming 2012 Olympics.
Let this be a lesson for every pro-athlete: night club + Drake + Chris Brown = champagne being tossed about and possibly injury to your skull.