Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo won't play versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the reigning regular-season Most Valuable Player has received a one-game suspension for headbutting Washington Wizards forward Moritz Wagner during Tuesday's outing:
The NBA is suspending Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Bucks’ final seeding game on Thursday for head bump on Wizards’ Mo Wagner, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 12, 2020
The Greek Freak offered his account of the incident while speaking with reporters after the game:
Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter of the contest for his actions. Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer defended his star player during his post-game press obligations:
"Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time. He is the MVP. He normally is phenomenal and today was a slip-up. In some ways it could be one of the best things that happened today as a learning moment. We will all remember that we have to keep our cool -- players and coaches."
The Bucks have already secured the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings heading into the playoffs that begin Aug. 17. Memphis, however, may want to send Antetokounmpo a thank-you gift basket depending on what occurs Thursday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex when the Grizzlies and Bucks meet: