President Obama Needs Stitches After Basketball Hit

November 27, 2010

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

It’s hard to imagine the deep national security implications of being the man who elbowed President Barack Obama in the face on the basketball court. But that’s what Ray Decerega will be talking about for the rest of his life. Decerega is the Director of Programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and also the man who issued a public statement after it was determined that he was the one who busted the president’s mouth wide open.
"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport. I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out on the court again soon," Decerega said.
The men had gathered to play five games of five-on-five when the incident took place. The games reportedly included Obama’s nephew Avery Robinson, his assistant Reggie Love and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had this to say:


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