Tony Parker needed eye surgery after he scratched his cornea during a club fight involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage recently.
Emilio Carchia of the international basketball website Sportando Basket reports that Parker risked losing his eye to undergo the surgery, and that he now could miss playing for France in the 2012 London Olympics.
Parker was in the nightclub — the W.i.P club in SoHo — when the two parties started the fight, allegedly over pop star Rihanna. According to a loose translation of a Q&A on Parker's blog, the shard of glass penetrated "99 percent" of his left eye. He wrote that doctors "conducted additional tests on Friday afternoon and found a piece of glass that had penetrated 99 percent [of my] left eye. I can say today, I almost lost my eye."
Parker wrote that "at best," he will return to France on July 7, which would cause him to miss some exhibition matches. France's first game action in the 2012 Olympics comes on July 29 against the United States.
Parker's lawsuit against the nightclub — for $20 million — alleges that club operators were negligent in security and supervision.