By now, many NBA fans are aware of the video of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo involved with an altercation after Milwaukee loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. After the video of Giannis tossing a ladder to the ground surfaced, he was criticized on social media for his actions. However, more details of what happened have since come to light.
76ers Player Montrezl Harrell Instigated the Incident with Giannis
After the initial video of Giannis tossing the ladder aside was leaked, other videos that put the situation into context came to the surface.
Montrezl Harrell took Giannis ball and told him to go home https://t.co/YbUQXDffSM
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 19, 2022
As it turns out, it was a joint effort by the 76ers staff and Montrezl Harrell to harass Giannis after the game.
So the story is actually coming out. GA was in the right. These weren't employees trying to go home. These assholes just didn't want GA to take shots for no damn reason. Yeah I'm 100% on GA's side. pic.twitter.com/6UQVulrG6G
— Trey Crosby III Guru (@TCIIIESQ) November 19, 2022
What is slightly amusing about what Giannis said to Harrell is that Harrell himself is an awful free throw shooter. He is even worse than Giannis. For his career, Giannis is a 71.4% free throw shooter. Harrell, on the other hand, is a 66.1% free throw shooter. By inviting him to shoot with him, Giannis was insulting Harrell over his own poor shooting performances.
Players Have the Right to Shoot on the Court After the Game, Even on the Road
Several former and current stadium employees have taken to social media to defend Giannis. According to them, players from both teams have the right to shoot on the court after the game.
From former Bucks/Fiserv employees
Interesting 🤷🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/bvhyoXWy6O
— Nathan Marzion (@nathanmarzion) November 19, 2022
Oh, and as for the 76ers: their stars are no strangers to practicing shots on courts in different cities after games. After the Giannis situation went viral, this video of Joel Emiid practicing shots in New Orleans after a game started to make the rounds on Twitter again:
Joel Embiid gets up shots after shooting 5-16 from the field in a loss to the Pelicans. pic.twitter.com/ysCEwf0MBB
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) April 10, 2021
As seen in the video above, no Pelicans’ staffers are not impeding Embiid in any way. In fact, they are assisting him in his shooting drills.
This certainly does not look great for the 76ers organization. The Bucks next play the 76ers on March 4, 2023. One can be sure Giannis already has the date circled.