Former President Obama says he once broke a schoolmate’s nose after the then-friend called him a racial slur during a locker room fight.
The 44th president shared the revelation in an episode of his Spotify podcast with Bruce Springsteen, “Renegades,” released Monday.
“Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together,” Obama told the “Born in the U.S.A.” singer during a wide-ranging conversation on race.
“And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c—,” Obama said about 13 minutes into the episode before quipping of his Aloha State upbringing to chuckles from Springsteen, “Now first of all, ain’t no c—s in Hawaii, right?”
“It’s one of those things that — where he might not even known what a c— was — what he knew was, ‘I can hurt you by saying this,'” Obama, 59, continued.
The country’s first Black president added with a laugh, “And I remember I popped him in the face and broke his nose. And we were in the locker room.”
“Well done,” Springsteen remarked.