Tony Parker Suing NY Club for $20M Over Eye Injury

Can’t we all just get along?

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (ex-husband of Eva Longoria) is suing the owners of NYC nightclub W.i.P. over an eye injury he sustained during a brawl at the club. The brawl, between the entourages of rappers Chris Brown and Drake, was said to have started over Rihanna, whom both singers have dated. Punches flew and bottles were thrown in the melee.

Parker, who was with his friend Chris Brown, when the brawl broke out, was injured during the scuffle. He originally told people that he had a “scratched retina.” This was later corrected and was reported as a corneal laceration.

Parker’s attorney, David Jaroslawic, alleges that the club was “reckless, careless and negligent in permitting Drake’s entourage and Brown’s entourage to be in the club at the same time despite known tension between the two.” And he said of Rihanna:

She’s been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble.

Parker, who is French, has been sidelined for a week, wearing a “therapeutic” contact lens. He will be playing on the French National Basketball team in the London Olympics this summer.

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer.

It is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye.

Because the cornea is as smooth and clear as glass but is strong and durable, it helps the eye in two ways:

  1. It helps to shield the rest of the eye from germs, dust, and other harmful matter. The cornea shares this protective task with the eyelids, the eye socket, tears, and the sclera, or white part of the eye.
  2. The cornea acts as the eye’s outermost lens. It functions like a window that controls and focuses the entry of light into the eye. The cornea contributes between 65-75 percent of the eye’s total focusing power.


Corneal lacerations/abrasions are the most common eye injuries and especially prevalent among people who wear contact lenses. Corneal abrasions may be caused by:

  • Something getting into the eye (such as sand or dust)
  • Being poked in the eye
  • Overuse of contact lenses or lenses that don’t fit correctly
  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation

Corneal abrasions are frequently difficult to see with the naked eye, however, by putting a small amount of a dye called fluoroscein into the eye, and shining a blue light at it, corneal abrasions can be easily seen.

Symptoms of a corneal abrasion include:

  • Abnormal sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Swollen eyelids

Treatment for corneal injuries may involve:

  • Removing any foreign material from the eye
  • Eye patch
  • Antibiotic drops or ointments

Injuries that affect only the surface of the cornea normally heal very rapidly with treatment, and the eye should be back to normal within 2 days.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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