NBA suspends Bucks’ Antetokounmpo for first game next season
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended one game by the NBA for the flagrant-2 foul he committed on Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy during the Bucks’ Game 6 loss on Thursday.
Antetokounmpo will serve his one-game suspension during Milwaukee’s 2015-16 season opener.
Dunleavy was not suspended for the punch he delivered to the jaw of Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams during the first quarter of Game 6. The league did increase the play from a no-call to a flagrant-1 foul but did not issue further discipline.
Late in the second quarter, Dunleavy hit Antetokounmpo in the throat away from the play. The 20-year-old reacted by lowering his shoulder into the rib cage of a shooting Dunleavy, knocking him into the first row of seats.
Antetokounmpo expressed remorse for his actions during the team’s exit interviews Friday and said he will reach out to Dunleavy to apologize.
"I’m going to learn from that," Antetokounmpo said Friday. "It was national TV. A lot of young kids were watching. A lot of people see me as a role model. It was a disappointing play by me. I’m even disappointed in myself. It is not going to happen again.
"I’m going to take the consequences because my action was bad," he added. "Whatever (the NBA) says is the right thing."
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