Former President Bill Clinton was in attendance at Madison Square Garden for the Big East Conference tournament Thursday, and his basketball knowledge was put on display during an in-game interview with ESPN.
Clinton’s rooting interest in the tournament is clearly with No. 1 seed Georgetown, his alma mater, but the politician was planning on witnessing the entire Big East tournament. The last Big East tournament. He explained the pain and sadness he feels seeing one of the best tournaments in basketball come to an end, and how all of the conference realignment has tainted his view of the game.
Following Louisville‘s victory over Villanova, Clinton went into the locker room to congratulate the winner and one of the most amusing photo shoots ensued. Louisville’s Russ Smith was seen in some of the funniest pictures imaginable with a politician, including a shot of the team with bunny ears behind Clinton’s head.
The best part, not a single scandal was found during the celebration.
Personally, I love seeing politicians enjoy sports spectacles. Clinton showed his love for the game, the competitiveness of the teams, and the Big East tournament.
President Barack Obama is expected to fill out his NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN in the coming weeks. Clinton, on the other hand, will have a first hand view of it all.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy.