Milwaukee Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has been handed a one-game suspension for headbutting Moritz Wanger during his side’s game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.
“Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo, the NBA‘s reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP), became furious after a foul was called against him with around eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Antetokounmpo, who was immediately kicked out of the game, will sit out the Bucks’ final seeding game in the Orlando bubble on Thursday against the Grizzlies without pay of $178,225.
However, Antetokounmpo has admitted he regrets the incident but said “we’re all human, we all make mistakes. You know terrible action”. “If I could go back, turn back time and go back to that play, I wouldn’t do it”.
“But, at the end of the day, we’re all human, we all make mistakes. I think I’ve done a great job all year, and in my career, in keeping my composure and focusing on the game”. “I have nothing against Wagner, it wasn’t just him. It was just, in my mind, all the games I’ve played, guys hitting me, so I just lost it for a second”, he told reporters.
Bucks coach, Mike Budenholzer,said after the game that tension had been brewing all game.
“This is nothing new. Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time. He is the MVP. He normally is phenomenal and today was a slip-up. In some ways, it could be one of the best things that happened today as a learning moment. We will all remember that we have to keep our cool — players and coaches”, Budenholzer said.
Fellow Bucks star, Sterling Brown, said Antetokounmpo was frustrated after having to deal with a lot of ‘dirty cheap shots’ from the Wizards. They are the No 1 side in the Eastern Conference and are considered among the favourites to win this year’s Larry O’Brien Trophy.