Giannis Antetokounmpo on saying he’d punch Mario Hezonja in nuts: ‘What I said, I meant it. But I’ve got to choose better words’


Knicks forward Mario Hezonja dunked with Giannis Antetokounmpo defending him then stepped over the Bucks star.

After the game, Antetokounmpo said, “I’m going to punch him in the nuts next time.”



What I said, I meant it. I’m a person, I don’t take words back. I wasn’t mad or frustrated after the game. It was more as a pride thing.

But I know I’ve got to choose better words, try to word my sentences better.

That’s annoying. Sometimes it’s tough because I’m not from here. I’m from overseas. So, I come off as more harsh.

But I’ve got to do a better job. Because I know I’m a role model for a lot of kids. And having kids, seeing kids in the road saying, “Punch him in the – “, it’s not a good thing. I feel terrible about that.

But as a person, what I said, I meant it. But I’ve got to choose better words.

I thought Antetokounmpo chose his words excellently originally. But I’m also not a child nor do I have one. I don’t mind Antetokounmpo trying to accommodate those demographics.

Especially because he didn’t apologize.

Read that statement. There isn’t a whiff of sorry, just an affirmation of his feelings toward Hezonja. There’s something real about that.