The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards 126-113. The result of the match, however, was far from being the highlight of the day. The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo stole all eyes, he was the great protagonist of the night. An unsportsmanlike attitude of the power forward was severely punished by the fans of the NBA.
The second quarter of the game was being played when Giannis gave a reputable head butt to an opponent. The victim was the German Moritz Wagner. Apparently, the Bucks player was annoyed by Wagner’s indefatigable mark, who had chased him like a shadow across the field of play. In a break, Antetokounmpo faced his rival, and, after a brief dialogue, came the aggression.
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The images went around the world. In social networks, they compared the basketball player with the French Zinedine Zidane. In the 2006 World Cup final in Germany, the then-French player was red for a terrible header against Italian defender Marco Materazzi.
The Wizards players were angered by the Greek’s gesture. According to reports from the specialized press, in the locker room the anger was not hidden. Proof of this are the statements of the Washington team coach, Scott Brooks. He assured that he respects Antetokounmpo “enormously” as a player but “there is no place for that.”
Antetokounmpo, the reigning NBA MVP, finished the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. However, the header he gave his rival could lead to a punishment by the NBA. It is speculated with a sanction that would keep him out of the final game of the regular season that the Bucks will face the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
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The Greeks took charge of his wrongdoing. He faced the microphones to express a heartfelt self-criticism: “If I could go back, go back in time and go back to that play, I would not do it. But at the end of the day, we are all human, we all make mistakes. ”
The one who also took the floor was Mike Budenholzer, coach of the Bucks: “This is an MVP. People put it to the test. Normally it’s phenomenal and this game was a mistake ”.
This Tuesday, the NBA reported that it will award prizes to the best player and the best quintet of the 88 regular-phase games that are played on the sports fields of Disney World.