NBA: Greek Federation Condemns Racial Slur of Giannis Antetokounmpo

Greece's basketball federation condemned a racial slur directed at Giannis Antetokounmpo who was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jul 4 2013, 9:31pm CDT | by

NBA: Greek Federation Condemns Racial Slur of Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Greece's basketball federation condemned a racial slur directed at Milwuakee Bucks draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo

According to the Associated Press, the remark allegedly came from the leader of an extreme right Greek political party who likened Antetokounmpo to a chimpanzee during a television interview on Tuesday. 

The name of the political party leader indicated in the report is Nikolaos Michaloliakos, who spearheads the far-right Golden Dawn party. The party has received a huge amount of support in light of the country's sixth year of recession. Michaloliakos and his group have organized a campaign against illegal immigration and the austerity measures imposed under Greece's bailout program. 

The federation referred to his remarks as "unacceptable and racist." 

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who received the NBA prospect earlier this week in Athens, described Golden Dawn as "neo-Nazis."

Antetokounmpo, an 18-year-old forward who stands 6'9" and is the son of Nigerian immigrants, was drafted 15th by the Bucks on June 27. The team is hoping for another foreign-born contributor after it drafted Turkish Ersan Ilyasova in 2005. 

Bucks director of player personnel Dave Babcock foresees Antetokounmpo blossoming in another two or three years, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"The bottom line is in two or three years he could easily be one of the best two or three players in this draft, talent-wise."

Milwaukee general manager John Hamond stated Antetokounmpo and his family will move to the city later in the summer to help him ease into NBA life. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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