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Obama gets 12 stitches for basketball injury

November 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
President Barack Obama received 12 stitches in his lip after he was hit during a basketball game, says the White House.The president was accidentally struck by a fellow player's elbow on Friday during a pickup game. The player was identified as Rey Decerega, who works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Obama was treated in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House. He had gone to Fort McNair with family and friends for a morning game of hoops.

The injury happened in the last of five games they played. Obama was playing defense when Decerega turned to take a shot and elbowed the president in the mouth.

"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 in a statement.

According to the White House, some of the players included: the president's nephew, Avery Robinson, Reggie Love and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Obama is a sports fan, roots for his hometown Chicago teams and has often gone golfing in addition to playing basketball.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.