Former President Obama is a self-proclaimed basketball fan.
During his tenure, liberal ESPN sought out Obama’s March Madness bracket and even had a special segment dedicated toward him making his picks on live TV.
But you might be shocked to find out that Obama didn’t always play by the rules.
Obama played basketball with basketball legends like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Dwayne Wade while he was in office.
He would constantly try to show these world-class athletes who was boss on the basketball court.
Even Wade once said that they took it “easy” on the president who would brick or air ball most of his shots.
But now we’re finding out that everyone would take it easy on him to inflate his ego.
“In a recent interview on the “Unnecessary Roughness Podcast,” CBS Sports college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg recalled the time he played a game of HORSE in 2010 with then President Barack Obama and how the former president “took advantage” of him.
President Obama Plays HORSE with CBS’ Clark Kellogg https://t.co/ofxB5HM3U9
— max-whm (@moulton_max) May 2, 2016
“I let up,” Kellogg told Fred Ennette. “I didn’t take it easy, but I started fast, pumped my brakes, and then he got the momentum and took advantage of it.”
“It was one of the highlights of my life, quite honestly,” the former college and NBA star said of getting to play basketball with Obama, whose love of basketball was chronicled during his presidency.
“To, one, have the opportunity to visit with a sitting president and to do so with the first African American president of this country who also happens to be a contemporary of mine being that we’re the same age and have had a similar love affair with basketball.”
Kellogg and Wade aren’t the only one to share this sentiment.
Actor Don Cheadle and his “boys” were allegedly ran off the court and then Obama bragged about it to Cheadle’s wife.
“[Cheadle said] “The first time [I played] was a few years ago. George [Clooney] called me out of the blue and said, “Hey, I don’t know what you’re doing tomorrow morning, but the President is going to be out here and he’s thinking you might want to lace up and play some ball.”
My dude who was [guarding] him, Michael Heslov, wasn’t really guarding him up to my liking. I didn’t think he needed to necessarily foul him, but I did say those exact words to him: “Foul him.” [imitates other guy] “But he’s the President.” I’m like, “What are you talking about? He’s out here on the basketball court.
He clearly is into the competition. So do you want to switch?” He’s like, “No, I got it.” “Then get it! Foul him. Foul him.” [The President] laughed. And then the next time I saw him at another event, I was in a receiving line with my wife.
He sees me and he goes, “You know, the last time Don ever played, he was saying ‘Foul him.’” And I said, “Yes, Mr. President, foul you. That is what I said.” “I wish he had,” he said.
Cheadle also said, “Man, listen. You do this to me in front of my wife? We fighting. I don’t care what’s in the nuclear arsenal. We fighting. This is some high level disrespect.”
You would think that Obama would have the wherewithal to understand that these players were letting him win.
But what did he do instead?
He rubbed it in their faces. He knew they were taking it easy on him and used his power to justify his basketball “skills”.