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Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

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U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently.

A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos.

During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive baskets while Clawson turns up none. Clawson also attempts to block the nimble rabbi a couple of times but to no avail. Spectators are heard laughing loudly in the background as Zaklos dribbles while struggling to hold his yarmulke in place as his tzitzis swing.

“He’s got game,” says one member of the audience about the rabbi.

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In July, Clawson invited President Barack Obama, an avid basketball enthusiast, to join him on the court and talk politics. The congressman uploaded a Facebook photo of a basketball he signed, captioning the image, “I hope President Obama sees and accepts my offer to shoot some hoops. I’d welcome any opportunity to discuss my thoughts on policy and the problems that are facing our nation.”

Watch Curt Clawson and Rabbi Fishel Zaklos below:

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