Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he headbutted Moritz Wagner
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he regrets headbutting Mortiz Wagner during Tuesday’s win over the Washington Wizards and the altercation was the result of a lack of foul calls since the NBA season restarted.
The two players had clashed on court just moments earlier, with Wagner taking a charge from Antetokounmpo – though the Greek Freak was livid with the call and felt it was a clear block.
Both players exchanged words during a break in play, with Giannis shockingly headbutting the German, and he was immediately ejected having posted 12 points and nine rebounds in just 10 minutes before exiting the court.
The Bucks went on to win the match without their talisman, with Giannis apologising for his actions and saying it was the accumulation of a number of fouls and rough treatment he has been on the receiving end of since the restart.
Asked about the incident, Antetokounmpo said: ‘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.
‘But we’re all human, we make mistakes, but at the end of the day, learn from it, keep playing good basketball and keep moving forward.’
Probed on what exactly Wagner had done to frustrate him so much, Giannis continued: ‘I don’t think I was frustrated with Wagner. I think it was just a whole build-up of dirty plays in my mind.
‘Guys tripping me, guys falling in front of my feet, fouling me, hitting me, all that.
‘But 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.
‘As I said, if I could go back I would have changed it, tried to stay in the game, but I’ve got to live with it. Bad mistake by me. Learn from it.
‘I’m happy that we were able to play good basketball, happy that we were having fun, happy that we’ve won the game and just gotta keep going into the Playoffs.’
The Bucks had already clinched the top seed in the East, while the Wizards have long since been eliminated from Playoff contention, and Giannis is expected to be suspended for his side’s final seeding game against the Grizzlies on Thursday.
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