Tony Parker sustained injuries in the Chris Brown-Drake fight at a New York City nightclub, W.i.P., last week and has filed a $20 million lawsuit Thursday against the club owners, citing they should have known better than to let the Rihanna rivals party at the same time for fear of such ruckus as reported by USA Today.
The San Antonio Spurs guard filed papers in a Manhattan Supreme Court holding W.i.P.’s owners solely responsible for the “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” he suffered in the hurled bottles brouhaha at the now-shuttered Vandam Street club.
“Me and my friends took some punches,” Parker said. “They started throwing bottles everywhere.”
The suit says Parker, ex-husband of actress Eva Longoria, was not sitting with either Brown or Drake’s camp. But Parker said he was “with my friend Chris Brown” when the brawl began.
David Jaroslawicz, Parker’s lawyer, said the full extent of NBA player’s injuries aren’t known, but insisted the known injuries to his eye “certainly don’t improve your outside shot.”
While the suit doesn’t explicitly name singer Chris Brown, rapper Drake, or their entourages as defendants, who reportedly were fighting because of singer Rihanna, this could change, per Parker’s lawyer, as the police investigation finalizes and as he awaits to review the club’s surveillance tape, reports TMZ.
“The defendants were 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,” the filing says. “She’s been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble,” Jaroslawicz said of Rihanna.
Jaroslawicz said it was the club’s fault.
By selling both camps booze and giving them bottle service, “you’re throwing gasoline on the flames,” Jaroslawicz continued. He said he had yet to see their bar tab, “but it’s probably more than kids’ tuition for the year.”
Parker, slated to play with the French team at the London Olympics, said he will be sidelined for a week as he heals with the aid of a “therapeutic” contact lens.