Cruz challenges Kimmel to charity basketball game
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday challenged late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to a charity one-on-one game of basketball.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host had poked fun at Cruz for attending a Houston Rockets playoff game in a “super cool T-shirt over the polo look."


“Can you be embarrassed by a picture of someone else’s dad? Because I am,” Kimmel said on his show. “When Ted arrived at the Toyota Center, some of the fans mistakenly thought it was Grandpa Munster Bobblehead Night. I mean, look at him. He looks, and I’m not joking here, he looks like a blobfish.”

Cruz responded on Twitter, calling on Kimmel to “settle this man-to-man.”

".@jimmykimmel  All right, Big talk a good game. You besmirched my support for the @HoustonRockets,” Cruz tweeted. “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's mention of "ring-ball" refers to a remark he made during his 2016 presidential campaign at a stop in Indiana, where he called a basketball hoop a "basketball ring."

Kimmel responded with one condition, “We both wear VERY short shorts.”

The senator responded with a reference to the movie character Borat, portrayed by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who often wears infamously small shorts.

“As Borat demonstrated conclusively, NOBODY wants to see that,” Cruz replied. “And ABC would probably be fined by the FCC! How ‘bout this: you dress yourself, I’ll do the same. Play to 10 (by ones), win by 2.”

Kimmel responded with another suggestion for crop tops.

Cruz said to call off the dress code and reinstated his challenge.

The Hill has reached out to Kimmel’s representatives to see if there is an official response to Cruz’s challenge.