(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama needed 12 stitches on his upper lip after he was inadvertently hit Friday morning while playing basketball with friends and family at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.
The president was playing defense when Rey Decerega, an opposing player, turned into him to take a shot and his elbow hit Obama in the mouth.
"I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport," Decerega, who works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, said in a written statement. "I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I'm sure he'll be back out on the court again soon."
The president was given a local anesthetic for the procedure.
The White House Medical Unit used a smaller filament that requires more stitches but makes them tighter, resulting in a smaller scar, the administration said.
Obama's love of basketball is well documented. The president, who played basketball for his high school team in Hawaii, has on a few occasions stepped away from the White House to attend college and professional games.
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