Tony Parker's eye injury may cause him to miss the Olympics

Parker came dangerously close to losing his left eye after glass shrapnel pierced it at  nightclub. (AP)

We now have the latest valid reason to hate Chris Brown and Drake.

San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker may end up missing the Olympics, missing the opportunity for his home country, France, in the wake of an eye injury he suffered as Brown and Drake allegedly, wistfully tried to reignite the nostalgia and flare from hip-hop battles of old. You know, without the street cred.

Parker suffered a lacerated left eye, a cut from a rogue piece of glass that penetrated "99 percent" of the tissue, according to Parker's most recent Q & A on his blog. The damage was done in the early hours of June 15 at a New York City nightclub. Parker was reportedly attending the club/party as guests of Brown and Drake, which only confuses the narrative.

I'd offer up more information on the nature of Brown and Drake's frenemy status, but then, after doing that, I'd have to go to my kitchen, take out the bottle of Pinot on the second shelf of my fridge, pull the cork out, empty the remaining wine into a glass, grab the bottle by the neck, break it on the edge of my countertop, take a respectable-sized shard from off the floor and jam it my left retina. Let's opt to move on instead and hear what Parker's outlook is.

From his blog, translated to rough English using Google (you're out of vogue, Babelfish):

"I see a specialist in New York with the hope of obtaining the agreement of competing in the Olympics. The Spurs are very worried. Based on the results, one can imagine that any one package. The decision is no longer mine. It is in the hands of the physician and San Antonio."

Parker legitimately came within microscopic distances of losing his eye, and thus, losing his playing career. But he's on the mend, and now the lawyerin' begins in the aftermath of the brawl.

Barring a speedy, safe recovery, chances are France won't fare well in London, because it seems unlikely for a player to come back so soon from such a scare. And why would the Spurs want to chance that? Even if doctors cleared Parker to play in a month's time, the next buck stops with San Antonio. Seems unlikely they'd want to put arguably their best current player on loan with one freak injury putting his career out to pasture.

(H/T, SB Nation)

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his eighth season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics,... Full Bio

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