2012 Summer Olympics

Tony Parker's Goggles Are a Little Bit Hipster and a Little Bit Chris Sabo

Photo Credit: The Basketball Jones
Photo Credit: The Basketball Jones
Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 23, 2012

Tony Parker is hopping in his way-back machine and harnessing the power of every hipster to ever don goggles. 

Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones spotted something rather wonderful recently, some images of Tony Parker rocking special spectacles. 

We take a brief moment to put all the seriousness of this story up front. Parker was recently hit with a broken bottle during a club brawl between Drake and his posse and Chris Brown and his crew. 

The fight, which was over Rihanna, left Parker with a scratched eye, making it vital he wear protective lenses.

There, now let's make light of the situation. 

Because these things are pure awesome, and we are only sorry that Parker had to get his eyeball scratched to get to wear them. 

Kerby wonders why Parker didn't go with a more classic basketball look in his eyewear, but I'm stoked he went with the hipster look.

They say styles come and go, and now I can take the goggles I had to wear in Little League out of storage, if they still remain. 

My parents thought they would be far safer than glasses when playing ball, but they made me look like the most famous baseball player to ever don such spectacles, Chris Sabo. 

The man held down the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds and enjoyed three seasons of 20-plus homers. So being called Sabo at every turn during the early '90s was a badge of honor. 

At least, that's how I see it now, far removed from the snow cones and hot dogs of Little League. So believe I am being respectful when I say: Tony Parker, you look like Chris Sabo. 

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