While I totally want to believe that this is some Maxwell Smart shoe phone shit, according to Bloomberg, it may all be the work of Adidas’ new technology in which the chip inside the ball allows those close to it to access videos and competitions stored on said chip.

While Adidas notes that the chip can’t be modified, the sports apparel company “declined to comment to Bloomberg on whether the device could be used in a “Russian cyberattack,” the news site reports.

Bloomberg still raised concerns as to whether the ball had been modified or if the ball was, in fact, the factory Adidas ball or merely a replica like a piñata filled with all kinds of Russian spy gadgets.

While the logo on the ball advertised the presence of the chip, it couldn’t be determined from the photos whether the chip might have been removed, replaced with actual spy gear, or, even more remotely, whether the entire ball itself was fabricated for the event and only resembled the Adidas model in question.

“The security screening process that is done for all gifts was done for the soccer ball,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in an email. “We are not going to comment further on security procedures.”


I’m not sure why that ball wasn’t thrown in the trash or put up on eBay to fund former Trump lawyer -turned-righteous America’s new best friend Michael Cohen’s defense fund.