Tony Parker might want to start avoiding nightclubs.
While Parker is used to having his name in tabloids from his days with ex-wife Eva Longoria, it’s hard to fathom the French hoops player would ever end up in the same headlines as rapper Drake and singers Chris Brown and Rihanna. (Although he did have a brief hip-hop stint let’s not forget.)
But leave it to the W.i.P nightclub in New York to bring them all together. It turns out Parker was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Wednesday night. Or Thursday morning, rather.
The San Antonio Spurs guard says he suffered a scratched retina on one of his eyes during a brawl at the New York City nightclub involving Brown and members of Drake’s entourage. The fight was reported to be over singer Rihanna.
Parker, wearing dark sunglasses, described the incident Friday in Paris during a news conference posted on YouTube. He said he expects to be sidelined for about a week while the French team prepares for the Summer Olympics.
Parker said he was wearing a “therapeutic” contact lens and had to go to an emergency room for treatment after arriving in Paris.
Parker described the incident: “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.”
Police said Brown, his girlfriend and his bodyguard were among several people injured during the bottle-hurling fight early Thursday.
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 Spurs declined comment.
Brown reportedly tweeted a picture of his chin that had a large, open gash, shortly after the fight was said to have taken place, but the photo was eventually pulled from his Twitter account.
Contributing: The Associated Press