Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted his mistake following the game against the Washington Wizards as he claimed he would never head-butt Moritz Wagner if he could turn back time. Milwaukee Bucks superstar Antetokounmpo was questionable for the game but the team eventually decided to play him and it didn't end well since the Greek was ejected from the game in the first half.
Antetokounmpo was hit with a flagrant 2 early in the second quarter for headbuttin Wagner but the Bucks held on to beat the Wizards 126-113. "Terrible action," Antetokounmpo said. "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, in my career at keeping my composure and focus on the game, but at the end of the day, we're human and make mistakes.
But at the end of the day, you learn from it, keep playing good basketball and keep moving forward. "I don't have nothing against Wagner, it wasn't just him. It was just like, in my mind, all these games I've played with guys hitting me, I lost it for a second."
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer not surprised players are going after Antetokounmpo
"This is nothing. Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time," Budenholzer said. "He's a MVP. People are gonna try him.
He normally is phenomenal, and today was a slip-up. I think it's probably, in some ways, it could be one of the best things that happened today, and it's a learning moment. We'll all remember how important it is that we've got to keep our cool."
Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it was strange and he thinks Antetokounmpo will receive a suspension from the league. "That was a very strange few seconds," Wizards coach Brooks said. "I thought Moe stepped in and took a charge.
That's what you have to do. You've gotta drop off and force him to shoot. He can drive, [you] step up and take a charge. And a few seconds later, he got a head-butt. "There's no place for that. It's unfortunate [that it's] Giannis, I have a lot of respect [for him].
Obviously, he's one of the best players in the league, but it's unfortunate that it happened. I'm sure the league is gonna look at it and make a decision. Luckily for them, it's not a playoff game because I'm sure he's gonna miss probably a couple games."