Friday, June 15, 2012
Updated: June 16, 3:50 PM ET
Tony Parker injured at nightclub
ESPN.com news services
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker says he suffered a scratched cornea on one of his eyes during a New York City nightclub brawl involving singer Chris Brown and members of hip-hop star Drake's entourage.
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 said: "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 at W.i.P in SoHo.
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 New York Daily News reported that New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert was at the nightclub early Thursday morning before the brawl occurred.
While the fight left a few people, including Parker, hurt, Shumpert left unharmed. He tweeted on Friday, "Definitely pre bottle smash. Lol. Security walked me out before it broke out."
The Spurs declined comment.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNNewYork.com contributor Jared Zwerling was used in this report.