Published: Tue, June 19, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Ted Cruz play one-on-one basketball for charity

Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Ted Cruz play one-on-one basketball for charity

In the terms of their agreement to play one-on-one, both Kimmel and Cruz committed to donating $5,000 to charity. In Jimmy Kimmel's yearbook, the late-night host proudly shows off a clarinet. Cruz challenged Kimmel to the game after Kimmel blamed the Houston Rockets playoff loss on the senator.

"I have no actual moves", Kimmel said before hitting the court.

Grayson Allen prepped Ted Cruz and confidently predicted the US senator from Texas would top late-night TV star Jimmy Kimmel in their one-on-one basketball battle. "I wanted to humiliate him in front of his people he loves most", the comedian jokingly continued. Game highlight videos are planned for Kimmel's ABC program Monday night. And in case you were wondering, there was no shortage of smack talk.

Texas Children's Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education and research. You besmirched my support for the @HoustonRockets. "The loser gives $5k to the (non-political) charity of the winner's choice", Ted tweeted. Ted Cruz says he rode the bench in high school. "And I accepted. And now it's gonna happen".


"If I lose I'm not going home", he quipped. While Kimmel has the height advantage, Cruz might have the skill advantage.

Kimmel and Cruz likely still don't agree on a lot of things, as evidenced by the tough questions about policy that Kimmel lobbed at Cruz throughout the game, but they were still able to come together and deal with their beef in a positive way that benefited others.

"Do you have any advice for me in this one-on-one game with Ted Cruz?" he asked, fresh off the athlete's sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. If he goes up to dunk, I'll pull his shorts to the ground rather than let him get to the rim.

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