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Parker files lawsuit over injury in Chris Brown/Drake fight

Jun 22, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT

Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida Reuters

Tony Parker is getting back on the court — just not that kind of court.

Tony Parker was out with his girl at a trendy SoHo nightclub the night a fight broke out between the camps of singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake. It was a good, old fashioned bar fight with mass confusion and flying bottles.

One of those bottles hit Parker in the eye, injuring him.

Now Parker has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the owners of the club saying they should have known better than to let the feuding celebrities (fighting over their mutual ex Rihanna) in the club at the same time, according to the New York Post.

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Parker holds W.i.P.’s owners responsible for the “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” he suffered in the bottle-throwing brawl at the now-shuttered Vandam Street club.

His lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said the extent of Parker’s wounds aren’t yet known but noted eye injuries “certainly don’t improve your outside shot.”

First, $20 million? Second, is it on the owners that two guys in their club decided to act like fifth-graders, passing notes and getting into a fight?

I guess a judge or jury will get to decide that.

Parker is slated to play for France in the Olympics but he is missing the first week of camp in Paris while his eye heals

  1. hpeters77 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    That’s b.s. I lost all respect for tony Parker all these people filling all these bs lawsuits for crazy amounts

  2. jkearse2005 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Wow I just lost a lot of respect for this guy, what a douche … like you don’t have enough money already

  3. skids003 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    I agree, he should be suing the idiots that started this, not the owner. What a crock.

    • llfreedman - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      What are you basing that on?

      • giselleisasucubus - Jun 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        Ok smart guy Freedman, since I have seen 2 of your comments and both are very condescending,enlighten us. I’m sure his lawyers advised him to sue the club owners (considering their security let the fight erupt, I can see why he’s going after club) but instead of coming in here and acting like a douche, give an explanation so people can actually understand why Parker is not going after the instigators.

      • florida727 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        Look up the phrase “vicarious liability” for your answer.

    • baron30 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      i sure they will be…if not by tony parker by all of the other ppl who suffered injuries…im sure the club owners will implead both of them as 3rd party contributors

  4. mqcarpenter - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Hey that could ruin his career, which is just getting started

    • florida727 - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Try Google. It’s a wonderful tool. If you had, you’d realize how idiotic the “just getting started” comment really is. Parker just completed his ELEVENTH (11th) season in the NBA. Doesn’t quite qualify for the “just getting started” team.

      As far as the $20 million goes, his lawyer must be looking for something to do during his down time. Parker’s already earned in excess of $82 million in his career with the Spurs. I’m guessing he doesn’t need the money.

  5. kvanhorn87 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    What would you say if Tony Parker’s vision does not come back and his earnings potential is now minimized for rest of his career? While I agree it MAY be frivolous , I am not a doctor. I would have waited to see long term effects but you can’t start at medical bills only and then revise later up to xx million if you find out that your game has been forever changed. Not likely I know.

    • jkearse2005 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Ya but you don’t sue the bar owners? Sue the two idots and there entourage brawling it out in the bar. Or better yet I guarantee that bar has video cameras find out who threw the bottle and sue them. But come on it’s not the bars fault these thugs came in and brawled it out in his establishment, and whats he suppose to do not let these celebrities in? That will only ruin his business.

  6. kvanhorn87 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    And don’t worry of his game has been altered those fools will be sued too.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      of = if

  7. baron30 - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    20 million seems more than fair…if he loses some of his shooting ability his value as an NBA player will decline….And he is slotted to make way more than 20 million over the rest of his career

    And im sure his cause of action is not ” they should have known better than to let the feuding celebrities (fighting over their mutual ex Rihanna) in the club”….you really should be quoting the New York Post…maybe some real journalism is in order and obtain a copy of the complaint.

    its most likely a negligence claim…fyi in NYS a “property owner has a duty to take reasonable measures to control the foreseeable conduct of third parties on the property, and to prevent them from harming or creating an unreasonable risk of harm to others.” Further, “the owner has the ability and opportunity to control such conduct, and is aware of the need to do so.”

    • llfreedman - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      haha thank you. I love everyone else pretending they have any idea about legal issues…

    • raidmagic - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      How about we wait and see the effects of the injury before running to the money grab? Will he drop the suit if he heals normal and is not effected?

      • baron30 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        so if im paralyzed in a car accident….i have to wait until its absolutely clear that Ill never walk again before i sue?

        pain and suffering starts from injury through estimated recovery…the severity and lasting impact is for the trier of fact…if through the evidence his injuries appear temporary or short term any judgment/settlement will surely reflect that.

        why would you wait? evidence is fresh and ppls recollections of the incident are fresh you file suit immediately.

  8. teamobijuan - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    He shouldn’t have even been there. Why get caught up in that trash?

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      A grown man isn’t allowed to take his girlfriend to a club? It’s not his fault these idiots happened to get into a fight. Sure a club isn’t exactly the best place to be, but that doesn’t mean he got what was coming to him by being there.

  9. ebergevin - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Lawsuits are always filed for exaggerated amounts in the hope that the case will be settled for a lesser amount without ever making it to court. $20 million isn’t even that absurd of a lawsuit these days

  10. bjtmeyer - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Wow Tony really? It’s all Chris Brown’s fault. That guy is nothing but trouble.

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