Watch: Phoenix mayor breaks nose while practicing with WNBA's Mercury

(CBS/AP) When then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama played a pick-up game with the University of North Carolina men's basketball team in 2008, the players didn't exactly go all-out.

But the Phoenix Mercury had a much different mindset when the city's mayor decided it would be a good photo op to practice with the team on Monday. While running drills with the WNBA team, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton went up for a rebound against the Mercury's Nakia Sanford and came down with a broken nose.

He later tweeted a photo moments after the incident.

He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for a CT scan and it was determined his nose is fractured in two places.

Stanton's office says he's in good spirits and will meet with a doctor to determine if further care is required. The mayor issued a statement saying "injuries are just part of the game — they're battle wounds."

Stanton had a sense of humor about the incident, writing on his Facebook page: "Thanks to the Mercury and their trainer Tamara Poole. I can't wait to see them back in action on Aug. 19 and I'm glad I will be watching from the stands this time!"

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for


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