In a lot of sports, we see the athletes get physical with each other. Sometimes, they fight and hit each other. This is not always allowed, and it does not happen in basketball. But sometimes it happens, and this isn’t nice.
Giannis Zidane has been ejected after this headbutt
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 12, 2020
During a regular-season game, one of those times. The play featured Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks. He bumped into Moe Wagner from Orlando Magic.
That player got Giannis Antetokounmpo kicked out of the game. He was suspended for the last game of the regular season because of this. On a recent podcast, Duncan Robinson talked about when that moment happened and how it went viral. What he said was that there were some things before when Giannis headbutted him. Duncan said that he felt like he had been charged after one play, and then Giannis headbutted him at another time in the game.
Giannis is mad because I headbutted him.I think Giannis gets angry when it starts early. There’s a box out before that play, and Giannis has very long legs. I don’t blindside him on purpose, but I box him out hands high, push him underneath the basket… As he falls awkwardly under the basket with my hand up to hit his chest with both hands to push him away from me.
The coach called a play. I was watching the player called Giannis. He is like, “F*ck that! Give me the ball. Give me the ball!” He took it and just dribbled down to my side with this look in his eyes like he wanted to beat me. I almost fell on the ground, but then there was a foul call on my side of the court. The referee wasn’t sure if it was a charge or not, so he decided it wasn’t
I knew he was angry, so I didn’t want to be the first one to do anything. I walked out, and then we met again, and he tried to talk or do anything. We just crossed paths, and then he headbutted me.
Now, the thing that happened was, “I have beef with Giannis.” But I don’t, actually. I like watching him play. And I am happy for him. That is a story that makes me unhappy. The only thing I am scared of is people not liking me anymore because of it.
These incidents happen in basketball games, but not very often. It is interesting to hear the story about one of these moments from someone who was there. This happened because Giannis Antetokounmpo was in a heated game. He is usually really good at sportsmanship, so it might just be this one time.