Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star and NBA MVP candidate, was pulled out of the team’s victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night after he put down an opponent.
Antetokounmpo and Wizards player Moe Wagner started talking to each other when the Bucks challenged a conversation. Antetokounmpo approached Wagner and struck him. The league’s best players were thrown out of the game during the second quarter.
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After the game, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said that the tension between the two teams had been boiling for a long time.
“This is nothing new,”
The Bucks’ Sterling Brown said Antetokounmpo was “tired.”
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“There were many dirty cheap pictures that came his way. And he reacted. “(But) he gets a lot of cheap pictures and junk that get in his way,” Brown said.
The wizard Scott Brooks said there is “no place for it” in the league despite his respect for “The Greek Freak.”
“It was very strange for a few seconds,” Brooks said. Moe went in and took a charge. That’s what you need to do. You have to drop him and force him to shoot and if he runs step up and take a charge. A few seconds later he took a headbutt. “
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The Bucks won the game 126-113.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.