Spurs’ Parker May Miss Olympics After Hurting Eye in Club Fight
Parker, a point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and the French national team, was injured this month in New York City during a fight involving the entourages of hip-hop artists Drake and Chris Brown. Parker, at the club independently, said a shard of glass penetrated his left eye and that he had an operation yesterday to remove the fragment.
He said he is awaiting clearance from doctors and the Spurs to resume basketball activities.
“Today I can say it -- I almost lost an eye,” Parker said.
Parker, 30, who played professionally in France before being drafted by the Spurs, didn’t join the rest of the French team on June 20 in Pau, but will travel with it until he returns to the U.S. in July. He said he will see a specialist in New York on July 5.
“The Spurs are very concerned,” Parker said. “Depending on the results, everything is possible, including my withdrawal from the games. The decision doesn’t belong to me. It’s in the hands of the doctor and the Spurs.”
France is set to compete at the Olympics in Group A, along with Tunisia, Argentina, the U.S. and two qualifiers. Play begins on July 29.
Parker also announced that he had filed a complaint against the night club, W.i.P., but that he couldn’t comment on the case because it was pending.
“That’s life, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Parker said. “I didn’t have any luck, but in my misfortune, I’m OK. It could have been worse. The rest of my career isn’t threatened. I only have to wait for the lesion to heal.”
A four-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion, Parker has averaged 16.8 points and 5.9 assists per game in his 11-year career, spent entirely with the Spurs.
The Spurs were 50-16 this season, the best record in the Western Conference. The team won its first 10 playoff games before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference finals.
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