Giannis Antetokounmpo addresses head butt on Moe Wagner
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo uncharacteristically lost his temper and got himself ejected after headbutting Washington Wizards forward Moe Wagner on Tuesday. Right after the game, the Greek Freak admitted that it was a big mistake on his part.
Per Eric Nehm of The Athletic, Antetokounmpo said he was “in the zone” and failed to maintain his composure.
“Usually, I just try to stay focused. Finish the game. Don’t do something stupid, but you know there’s always times that you’re in the zone. You just like, you don’t think. It might take a second or two that you don’t think and you do something, something dumb,” the Bucks star admitted.
Antetokounmpo added that he has nothing against Wagner. He pointed out that he would’ve loved to stay in the game, but he was still pleased with the Bucks’ performance.
"We're all human. We all make mistakes."
Hear from Giannis Antetokounmpo after he was ejected for headbutting Moritz Wagner. pic.twitter.com/gMjcvs019r
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Below is the actual incident. From the looks of it, the root of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s frustration was the offensive foul slapped on him that Moe Wagner drew.
After the whistle, he and Wagner exchanged a few words. As they headed to their respective benches, Antetokounmpo went right at the German. The referees did not hesitate to throw him out, and he left the game with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo gets ejected for headbutting Moe Wagner after a heated exchange between the two 🤬 pic.twitter.com/ZPmc9ZzIfr
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As Antetokounmpo mentioned though, the Bucks took care of business even without him. They pummeled the Wizards 126-113. Brook Lopez led all scorers with 24 points, followed by Sterling Brown who chipped in 23.
It was a scary moment for Bucks fans. What if Antetokounmpo lost his cool completely and got suspended for a few games with the playoffs right around the corner? Good thing that Giannis chose to walk away.