Tony Parker and his fellow San Antonio Spurs are poised to snatch the NBA championship title from the Miami Heat ... but a victory could cost Tony a fortune.
As you know ... the Spurs are up 1-zip in the finals, and the odds are they could win the whole shebang, because let's face it ... the Heat players are a little haggard.
Tony is in the middle of a $20 million lawsuit over the blowout fight between Drake and Chris Brown at W.i.P. Nightclub in NYC. Parker says he suffered lacerations to his cornea when a glass shard from a bottle struck him in the eye.
When Parker filed the suit, he was halfway through a $50 million contract with the Spurs ... and his future seemed uncertain given the eye injury.
Parker is suing the club, claiming it was negligent in not preventing the brewing brawl.
Now here's the problem ... Tony played a fantastic season this year. He could have won MVP if he hadn't sprained his ankle ... and if LeBron James had suddenly retired.
So the $20 million damage claim kind of goes out the window, especially if Tony gets a ring.
Here's the good news -- In a year, he'll sign a new deal, and $20 mil may look like chump change.
But LOVES His Music
4/29/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown might despise Drake with a passion, but even CB can't resist dancing when one of his songs comes on at the club.
Brown and Drake have been beefing for a while now -- peaking last June with a massive club fight, reportedly over Rihanna.
CB was hosting a party at Stage 48 in NYC earlier this month and apparently the DJ had no fear at all ... and played a Drake song, "Started From the Bottom." Rather than react (how do we say this nicely?) poorly ... CB simply got down like it was his favorite jam in the world.
Clearly he can let bygones be bygones when it comes to music ... or he had no idea it was a Drake song.
Drake/Chris Brown Feud
Thought It Was Over?
4/13/2013 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drake is holding nothing back about his feelings toward Chris Brown ... ripping CB over his music and the way he treats Rihanna -- and doing it in a very public forum.
Drake sat down with Elliott Wilson on his "Keep It Thoro" Internet radio show last night, and absolutely tore Chris a new one ... saying, "His insecurities are the fact that I make better music than him, that I'm more popping than him and that at one point in life the woman that he loves fell into my lap."
He added, "I did what a real n***a would do and treated her with respect."
Drake did leave open a slight chance for reconciliation, saying, "We have an issue and it's either gonna drag out or maybe in ten years we'll laugh about it over drinks. Just let us solve that s**t."
Then again, the last time Drake and Chris sat down with drinks ... it didn't end well.
Chris Brown's Bodyguard
Drake Started Club Brawl
With 'F***ing' Rihanna Note
4/10/2013 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Drake started the blowout NYC nightclub brawl last summer with Chris Brown ... by sending Brown a handwritten note that read "I'm f***ing the love of your life" -- this according to Chris Brown's bodyguard.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by the NY Daily News, Patrick Strickland -- whose head was badly bloodied during the flying bottle attacks -- is suing Drake and W.i.P. nightclub, where the brawl took place last June.
Strickland says Drake's note -- a clear reference to Rihanna -- started a verbal altercation, which then led to the all-out melee in which several people were badly injured ... including Strickland and several other clubgoers.
According to Strickland, the club is also responsible for over-serving Dreezy -- and seating him way too close to Chris ... in light of their public beef over RiRi.
He's suing for unspecified damages.
Tony Parker Lawsuit
Club Sues Brown & Drake ...
They Should Pay!!!
3/17/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The owners of the nightclub where Chris Brown and Drake brawled last year are doing whatever they can to get out of paying Tony Parker for his injuries ... saying the two rappers should cut him a check if he wins his lawsuit ... and not them.
Parker, an NBA star with the San Antonio Spurs, was one of several people who claim they were injured in the June 2012 melee that went down at W.i.P. and he filed a $20 million lawsuit against the club shortly thereafter.
But the owners of W.i.P. (who are facing several lawsuits) filed docs last week in New York saying Parker's beef should be with Brown and Drake ... claiming they were the ones who "contributed to, instigated, participated and/or engaged" in the fight.
The club wants any and all damages awarded to Parker to come from Brown and Drake.
The case is still pending.
Did He Really
Say 'F**k Drake'?
3/8/2013 5:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained video of Chris Brown saying something that sounds a lot like "F**K DRAKE" at an L.A. nightclub this week ... but the question ... did he actually say it?
It was widely reported Chris snatched the mic from the DJ at Emerson Theatre early Thursday morning for playing a Drake song -- screaming "F**k Drake" -- but our video suggests it might've gone down differently.
In the clip, the insult appears to follow an emotional speech by Chris about his close friends ... "My n****s ridin' for me." Then he says what sounds like "F**K DRAKE!" before the music starts up again.
But the audio is choppy ... so it's possible Chris just hates the Clippers and actually said "f**k Blake!" ... or maybe he hates baked goods ("f**k cake!") ... or delicious meat ("f**k steak!") ... or ... you get the point.
But we still gotta ask ...
Chris Brown & Meek Mill
After STRIP CLUB Summit
3/4/2013 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and Meek Mill are officially cool with each other again -- after facing off in that massive brawl between Drake and CB's entourages -- because they smoked the metaphorical peace pipe in Charlotte over the weekend.
The pics were snapped Friday night at Cameo Nightclub -- the same spot where Drake dropped $50,000 on strippers on Saturday.
It's the first time CB and Meek Mill have been seen out together since the melee at W.i.P. nightclub in NYC last June.
You'll recall, witnesses at the club said Meek was one of the main instigators behind the bottle-hurling brawl ... with CB's crew on the receiving end ... but Meek denied getting involved.
We're told CB and Meek shook hands at Cameo and put the beef to rest once and for all.
Still no olive branch from Drake though.
REJECTED at Nightclub --
Sorry, Chris Brown's Inside
2/16/2013 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and Drake ... one Hollywood nightclub ain't big enough for the both of 'em -- because TMZ has learned, Drake was turned away at the door this week because Brown was already inside.
The club is Playhouse in Hollywood -- and sources tell TMZ, bouncers sent Drake on his way Wednesday night because CB was already partying at a table inside ... and they wanted to avoid any possible brawl scenarios.
According to sources, Brown was inside the club celebrating an anniversary party for some clothing brand called Popular Demand.
The bouncers were aware Chris was inside when Drake showed up around midnight ... and they knew Rihanna would be joining him later on ... so they asked Drake to party somewhere else that night.
The promoters -- and the nightclub -- obviously wanted to avoid what happened at W.i.P. nightclub last summer ... when Chris and Drake's entourage nearly destroyed the place with flying bottles.
We're told Drake handled the rejection like a gentleman and left without incident.
Chris Brown and Drake
SUE EACH OTHER
Over Nightclub Brawl
2/14/2013 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and Drake are going after each other in court over their gargantuan brawl last June at W.i.P. nightclub in New York City ... TMZ has learned.
A guy named Romain Julien -- a French model -- filed suit against Brown, Drake and the club for the injuries he claims he suffered during the bottle-throwing fight.
Now both Drake and Brown have filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which they point the guilty finger at each other. It's a little technical, but each is asking the judge to pin the blame on the other.
Drake and Brown each claim they were not responsible for the fight and want the other to pay any damages in the event the model wins his suit.
It's the first time Brown and Drake -- both of whom have been linked to Rihanna -- have gone after each other in court.
I Was Called a 'F**got'
During Chris Brown Brawl
2/5/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean told police he was called a "f**got" during his brawl with Chris Brown ... moments before Brown threatened to shoot him -- this according to the official incident report obtained by TMZ.
According to the report, Ocean told police, Brown had punched him in the face after Ocean told Brown he had taken Ocean's parking space at the recording studio where the fight took place last week.
Ocean told police Brown tried to shake his hand, but Ocean refused, telling Brown he was in his parking spot. Ocean claimed that's when Brown punched him in the face. According to the report, Ocean said two of Brown's goons then jumped in to help Brown ... pushed him into a corner and attempted to kick him.
Ocean -- who revealed last year that he'd once had a romantic relationship with a man -- also said he believes he heard someone yell "f**got!" but he's unsure who made the statement.
Cops also say Ocean told them that Brown threatened to shoot him, saying, "We can bust on you too!" Ocean told police the whole fight lasted about two or three minutes.
According to the report, Ocean suffered a cut to his right index finger and a cut on his left temple. He refused medical treatment on the scene but was later taken to a hospital.
You'll recall, Frank wrote on his blog that he didn't want to press charges against Brown for the fight -- but according to the report, Frank told police in private he wanted to see Brown in jail.
Tony Parker to Court
I Told You Chris Brown
Was a Violent Thug
2/5/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown's volcanic temper -- in particular his recent blowup with Frank Ocean -- has ironically become NBA star Tony Parker's secret weapon in a lawsuit against a New York City nightclub ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Parker has filed a $20 million lawsuit against W.i.P. nightclub, claiming it should never have let Brown in last June -- the night his posse fought with Drake's people ... a fight that ended with a shard of glass piercing Tony's cornea.
Tony has just filed new legal docs in his lawsuit, claiming Chris Brown's parking-spot fiasco last week with Frank Ocean is proof he's unfit to socialize in places where he's likely to fly off the handle.
You'll recall ... the fight between team Brown and team Drake at W.i.P. erupted because both men were romantically linked to Rihanna.
And speaking of Rihanna ... Tony's new legal docs make reference to her brutal beating ... at the hands of one Chris Brown.
Tony believes there was more than enough evidence on the table to deny Chris a table at W.i.P. on the violent night in question.
Frank Ocean's Music Producer
Chris Brown Tried to Beat
the 'Living S**T' Outta Frank
2/3/2013 9:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and his hired muscle tried to "beat the living s**t" out of Frank Ocean during their infamous brawl ... this according to Frank's music producer who says he saw the whole thing go down.
Michael Uzowuru -- who produces tracks with Frank and Odd Future -- says he was with Ocean the night of the fight. Uzowuru detailed his version of events in a blog posted early Sunday morning.
Uzowuru says the whole thing did indeed start over a parking spot. He says that he, Frank and a guy named Chito arrived at Westlake Studios that night to record, when they saw an orange Lambo parked in the spot labeled "Frank."
Uzowuru says they told the front desk to move the car and were informed it belonged to Chris Brown. He says Chris Brown came out 10 minutes later with a "big dude" and a "skinnier dude" -- and when Frank told CB, "You parked in my spot, move" ... that's when it all went downhill.
Uzowuru says the big dude suddenly punched Chito in the face for NO REASON, adding ... "Then instantly Chris and the other dude grab [Frank] and try to jump him." He adds, "There's no doubt in my mind the whole thing was a set up."
Uzowuru goes on to say the big dude continued to pound on Chito, while Chris and his other lackey tackled Frank and sent him crashing into a "big fake candle display laced with glass," adding, "Hence ... his finger being cut."
Uzowuru claims CB's buddy cornered Frank and pinned him up against a wall "while Chris was trying to beat the living "s**t" out of [him]." He says Frank fought back -- throwing elbows and punches of his own.
Uzowuru says the events get hazy, but remembers screaming for everyone to stop -- and they did.
Uzowuru ended his post by saying, "I don't know what type of demons Chris is facing, but I hope he clears them all and finds a new life rooted in love and light."
Frank said yesterday, he will NOT be pressing charges.
NOT Pressing Charges
Against Chris Brown
2/2/2013 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Frank Ocean says he WILL NOT press charges against Chris Brown after last week's parking lot brawl.
Frank wrote a post on his Tumblr page to explain his decision, saying, "As a child I thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man. But as a man I am not a killer."
He continued, "I’ll choose sanity. No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit. Forgiveness, albeit difficult, is wisdom. peace, albeit trite, is what I want in my short life. Peace.”
As TMZ first reported, Frank and CB got into a physical altercation last week outside a recording studio in L.A -- allegedly over a highly coveted parking spot.
You'll recall ... a witness on scene said CB threw the first punch and according to cops Chris was named as a suspect in the battery case. Sources close to Chris remained adamant Frank came at him.