Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss Milwaukee’s final game of the regular season after being handed a one-game suspension for headbutting Washington’s Moe Wagner in Tuesday night’s matchup between the Bucks and Wizards.
The Greek Freak lost his cool after Wagner drew a charge against Antetokounmpo, who followed Wagner to the opposite end of the court, squared up to his face, and proceeded to but heads.
Giannis was ejected from the game and went on to miss this weeks match against Memphis Grizzlies.
The Greek Freak was asked about the incident in a post-match press conference.
“Terrible action,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I could go back and 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, in my career, of keeping my composure and focusing on the game, but like I said, we’re human, we make mistakes. But at the end of the day, learn from it, keep playing good basketball and keep moving forward.”
Antetokounmpo admitted he took his frustrations out on Wagner, even though the Wizards big man was just a handy target.
“I think it was just the whole, like, build-up of dirty plays in my mind. Guys tripping me, guys falling in front of my feet, holding me, hitting me,” he said. “I don’t have nothing against Wagner, it wasn’t just him.”
Antetokounmpo will still be eligible for the Bucks’ opening round playoff matchup against the Orlando Magic, with the Eastern Conference seeding and matchups locked in as of Wednesday.