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Former NBA player Royce White routinely seizes upon the limelight to make bold statements without apology. In a matchup Sunday between his Big3 team, Power, and last year's championship team, Trilogy, at Brooklyn's Barclay Center, he managed to simultaneously defeat his foes 50-40 and send a controversial message — a message CBS conveyed in its televised broadcast of the game, whether the network wanted to or not.
White is a self-described populist baller who unsuccessfully ran as a "MAGA Republican" to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in 2022. Extra to hosting the podcast "Please Call Me Crazy," White is a repeat guest on both Steve Bannon's "War Room" podcast and Blaze TV's "Fearless with Jason Whitlock."
During Sunday's game, just days after Joe Rogan suggested the mainstream media "for sure" rigged the 2020 election, White sported the declaration "Trump won!" in marker on the side of his head.
The Trump campaign shared an image of White and his message along with the caption, "No lies detected!"
This is not the first time White has advanced this claim.
For instance, in an interview with Bannon last year, the 32-year-old said he and former President Donald Trump are "both roaring back. Me soaring back from 2013, him roaring back from the cheat in 2020," reported the Washington Post.
While White is evidently convinced Trump was robbed years ago, he appears to believe the former president has since been afforded an opportunity in the person of Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
In a video posted to social media earlier this month, White said that he did not blame Trump for how he handled the pandemic, noting, "He's not an epidemiologist. He's not a f***ing exert on viruses or coronaviruses or any type of viruses, let alone vaccines. He don't know. He's listening to the people in the administrative state who should be brought up on charges. They should be brought up on charges for their involvement and their participation in the gain-of-function research in the first place."
After ostensibly ascribing fault for Trump's handling of COVID-19 to the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, White invoked one of Anthony Fauci's staunchest critics, saying "God bless Robert Kennedy Jr."
The former NBA player then reiterated a proposition Bannon has repeatedly advanced: "Donald Trump and RFK 2024."
White will likely utilize his headspace for another statement on Saturday, when the Power take on the Ball Hogs in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.