“Gotta Live With It”: Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Regrets Headbutting Moe Wagner

Published 08/12/2020, 6:00 AM EDT


After a terrible outburst, Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected against the Washington Wizards. The reigning MVP clashed with Moritz Wagner and headbutted him, leading to his fourth career ejection.

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In the post-game interview, he was apologetic and wished he could go back and reverse his action.

“Terrible action,” Giannis said. “If I could turn back time… and go back to that play I wouldn’t do it. We’re all human. We make mistakes. Think I’ve done a great job all year. Keep my composure and focus on the game.”

Despite playing just 10 minutes, Giannis still scored 12 points, after he made 10 free throws. He also grabbed nine rebounds in that short cameo. Post his dismissal, Brook Lopez and Sterling Brown took over, scoring 24 and 23 respectively, and took the Bucks to a 13 point win over the Wizards.

Giannis Antetokounmpo says it wasn’t personal

After answering the first question about the incident, the second question was again regarding the ejection. Giannis was a bit more detailed this time. He said it was built up frustration and not anything personal with Wagner.

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“I wasn’t frustrated with Wagner,” he said. “It was just a whole buildup of dirty plays in my mind. Guys tripping me, falling in front of my feet, pulling me, hitting me, and all of that. I have nothing against Wagner. I gotta live with it. Bad mistake by me. (Will) learn from it. I’m happy we were able to play good basketball. I’m happy to get the win. Just gotta keep getting ready for the playoffs.”

Giannis is one of the most fouled players in the league. Due to this, he ranks second in free throws attempted. He usually keeps his cool despite being hacked by players every game but today he failed to do it. There has been no official announcement yet, but a suspension or a fine will be incoming.

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The Bucks have an easy game against the Grizzlies to finish their seeding campaign. Surprisingly, they are currently 3-4 at the moment and will be looking to win the last game and have at least a .500 record in the bubble.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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