For years, Jimmy Kimmel has mocked Ted Cruz – his looks, his politics, and his conservative principles. Recently, however, the late night talk show host went one insult too far, and the Texas senator challenged him to settle things on the basketball court. Kimmel accepted – and now he’s regretting it.
After Cruz was seen cheering for the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs, Kimmel mocked him and said he looked like a blobfish.
In response, Cruz challenged him to a basketball game, with the loser donating to charity. Kimmel accepted, and the game was held Saturday night in Houston.
Cruz wore a “Houston Strong” shirt, with Kimmel wearing a jersey with “Everytown.org” on it – the gun control group that gained national prominence after the Parkland school shooting.
Cruz then proceeded to take Kimmel to school, besting him on the court and winning the game, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Senator Ted Cruz has claimed the title as King of the Court after defeating Jimmy Kimmel in a charity basketball game.
The Republican politician, 47, and the late night host, 50, brought out their best moves and trashiest talk for the basketball game Saturday at Texas Southern University.
The charity game was launched after comedian Kimmel poked fun at Cruz comparing him to a blobfish and the senator responded on Twitter with a one-on-one challenge on the court.
‘All right, Big Guy. You talk a good game. You besmirched my support for the @HoustonRockets. So let’s settle this man-to-man: one-on-one, hoops (or “ring-ball,” if you prefer). The loser gives $5k to the (non-political) charity of the winner’s choice,’ Cruz tweeted on May 30.
Kimmel accepted the challenge saying, ‘I’ll accept on one condition. We both wear VERY short shorts.’
The challenge launched a Twitter stream of competitive jeers and practice videos from both players.
Before the game, Cruz used Twitter to send one last taunt to Kimmel.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 15, 2018
The senator, who played basketball in high school, won the game with a final score of 11 to 9 with each basket counting as a single point.
The loser of the game dubbed the Blobfish Basketball Classic donated $5,000 to the winner’s choice charity, which for Cruz was Generation One, which works to end poverty in Houston.
Funds raised in the game were also donated to Kimmel’s choice charity Texas Children’s Hospital.
Prior to the game the late night host conceded that he doesn’t ‘have any moves’ and was mostly banking on his defense skills.
‘I think this could bring an end to the sport of basketball as we know it. I’m not a basketball player and yet I know deep in my heart I know that I must be able to beat Ted Cruz,’ Kimmel said to ABC.
‘If I lose I’m not going home. I’m just going to live on the [Houston] streets,’ he added.
The game ended on a celebratory note, and lots of money was raised.
Support them below:
Generation One: https://t.co/w1DSdwizi1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 17, 2018
ABC did not allow video of the game to be broadcast, which will be shown Monday night on Kimmel’s show. Only a short clip, seen below, can be seen.
Here is video of ABC’s Good Morning America covering the game and the lead-up to it.
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