There’s more fallout from the falling bottles, as NBA All-Star Point Guard and French Olympian Tony Parker is now making headlines. We previously reported on the fight between Drake and Chris Brown’s posses, as well as the personal injury implications of the bottle throwin’ throwdown.
Since then, though accounts still vary widely as to who-threw-what-first-at-whom-and-why, it turns out that perhaps the worst injured bystander was Tony Parker, the All-NBA, All-Star, All-World, Point Guard for the San Antonio Spurs.
One of Chris Brown's body guards suffered severe lacerations on his head. Another girl ended up with twelve stitches. Compare those injuries with Tony Parker, who had a shard of class penetrate 99% of the way into his eye, reports Yahoo! Sports.
He came so very close to losing the eye, and losing the rest of his career. As it stands, there's a good chance that he will miss this summer's Olympic Games.
Until then, he has excruciating pain and a ridiculous medical regimen to deal with. He hasn't left his hotel in eight days because of the risk of infection. He's been hallucinating. He has to apply five different medications to his eye every couple of hours, reports Yahoo!.
Sounds like hell, right?
When news of Parker's lawsuit broke, the collective attitude of sports fans seemed to be either dismissive or apathetic, present company included. However, after reading about the extent of the injury, as well as the allegations made in the complaint, the suit, which demands $20 million, almost seems reasonable.
A few of the allegations, courtesy of TMZ, are that:
- The nightclub had a history of violent outbursts and criminal activity and was a "public nuisance";
- The nightclub piggy-backed their liquor license off of the upstairs bar becaue they could not obtain their own;
- The nightclub knew, or should have known, about the Drake and Chris Brown beef;
- The security was inadequate;
- They failed to contact the police in a timely manner;
- They over-served liquor to those who were already intoxicated.
We were skeptical about the prospect of suing the club before, unless there was some evidence of inadequate security and over-pouring of alcohol. Both are alleged, but not yet proven, here.
The case might come down to the question of the reasonable club owner. Would the reasonable club allow two famous people that had an existing feud over a mutual love interest, plus their entourages, into the club at the same time?
As for the $20 million, ask yourself what that sort of pain is worth. Tack on possible missed endorsements from the Olympics and medical bills, and $20 million sounds reasonable.
Sources close to the club told TMZ that there were 15 security guards working that night, plus Drake and Brown were not "Biggie and Tupac." In short, they argue that they were as blindsided by the fight as Tony Parker was by the glass bottle.
- Speak to a New York City Personal Injury Attorney (FindLaw)
- Chris Brown & Drake Brawl - Tony Parker Sues Club for $20 Million (TMZ)
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