Tony Parker's Status for 2012 Olympics Reportedly in Doubt Following Eye Surgery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Tony Parker of France during the London Prepares Series match between France and Australia at the Basketball Arena on August 17, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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If Tony Parker is unable to represent France at the 2012 Olympics, Chris Brown and Drake won't be selling many records in France for quite some time.

Parker suffered a laceration in his left eye during a brawl between Brown and Drake's entourage at a New York nightclub, and is suing the club for $20 million.

His status for the Olympics had been up in the air, and he'll be sidelined for at least a week, according to Bruce Golding and  Dareh Gregorian of the New York Post:

Parker, slated to play with the French team at the Summer Olympics, said he’ll be sidelined for a week as he heals with the aid of a “therapeutic” contact lens. He said that while his eye felt all right at first, “it started getting worse,” and by the time he landed in Paris to work out with the French team, “it was really hurting so I went to the ER.”

He said he’s had to wear a “therapeutic” contact lens.

“I’ll be missing the start of the French team because I can’t do anything for a week except keep the lens in and then take drops,” he said.

He'll be heading to see an eye specialist in the United States, according to Emiliano Carchia on Twitter:

Tony Parker had eye surgery and he said that he risked to lose the eye. On July 5 he will fly to the States to visit an eye-specialist

— Emiliano Carchia (@SportandoBasket) June 24, 2012

As Parker noted on his website, he'll see the specialist in New York at the behest of the San Antonio Spurs to check on his status for the Olympics. If cleared, he still expects to join the team in its Olympics opener against the United States on July 29th.

If he were to be unable to play, France's already slim hopes at Gold would go down the drain. The team has NBA talent on the roster in Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Joakim Noah and Ronny Turiaf, but Parker is the straw that stirs the proverbial drink.

And Parker is certainly in top form, coming off an excellent 2011-12 season that saw him average 18.3 points and a career-high 7.7 assists per game.

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Parker should be ready to compete in the Olympics, but one wonders if he'll be at all rusty with his training schedule interrupted.

France's Olympic hopes—and Chris Brown and Drake's record sales in France—now hang in the balance.

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