The NBA champion says his cornea was scratched during the fight earlier this month and that he had to have an operation to remove a shard that “penetrated 99 percent” of his left eye.
The Associated Press reports:
“I almost lost my eye,” Parker said in an interview posted on his website Sunday.
He did not join the rest of France’s team Wednesday and will see a specialist in New York when he is cleared to take long-haul flights after July 5.
“I’m seeing a specialist in New York with the hope of being given the all clear to play in the Olympic Games,” Parker said. “Spurs are very worried.
“Anything can happen, including me being out of the Olympics. The decision doesn’t belong to me anymore. It’s in the hands of the doctor and San Antonio.”
Parker said he has been having hallucinations and been unable to leave his hotel room for eight days because of the risk of infection. He also has to apply five different products into his eye every two hours.
“Fear sets in,” Parker said of being told he would have to undergo surgery. “An eye is so fragile. … I couldn’t believe it. But that’s life. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I didn’t have luck, but I came out well from my misfortune. It could have been worse. The rest of my career is not in question. I just have to wait for the injury to heal itself.”
France’s first game at the London Olympics is against the United States on July 29.
Parker is in the process of suing the nightclub for $20 million. According to the New York Post, the State Liquor Authority has also filed 14 charges that could result in the SoHo venue being shut down.