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Viral video shows Giannis Antetokounmpo disrespecting Wells Fargo employees

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The Philadelphia 76ers pulled off an impressive team win over the Milwaukee Bucks in an Eastern Conference showdown. While the 110-102 shorthanded win was a story in itself, there were also fireworks after the game. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the court following the win after some notable struggles at the free throw line during the matchup. The former MVP wanted to practice his free throw shooting, but Wells Fargo staff tried to clean up for the night. A few lingering fans caught a video of Antetokounmpo throwing the heads of staff aside as they tried to do their job so he could keep practicing.

There’s more to this story than just this short clip. The Bucks star was on the pitch for a few minutes before staff carried the ladder over. There were a number of Sixers fans who stayed through the free throw spectacle, letting Giannis know they were aware of his struggles.

More sparks flew after he was thrown off the ladder. Montrezl Harrell resented Antetokounmpo’s disregard for Wells Fargo employees and told him so. He was ushered away from the situation by staffers at Sixers and Wells Fargo.

The desire to practice from the charity streak stemmed from his antetokounmpo’s problems during the game. The Superstar’s otherwise solid game was overshadowed by his struggles at the line. Antetokounmpo shot just 4-15 (26.7%) from the free throw line en route to his performance of 25 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Fans were particularly excited about missed free throws due to the Bricken for Chicken promotion, where fans will receive free Chick-Fil-A for an opponent who misses two consecutive free throws. Antetokounmpo’s terrible shooting performance earned all Sixers fans 12 free chicken nuggets to claim on the Chick-Fil-A app.

Fighting on the free-throw line was a theme throughout the Greek freak’s career. He came into the matchup and shot a career-worst 62.1% at the season’s charity streak, and those problems appear to have worsened. This was also evident in the postseason. During the Bucks’ 2020-21 championship run, Antetokounmpo shot just 58.7% on free throw attempts. This was 0.7% higher than his free throw average the previous postseason.

This is a big problem for the Superstar and one of the few weaknesses in his game. Sixers fans know from their time with Ben Simmons how costly postseason free throw fights can be. The former Sixers guard shot just 34.2% at the free throw line during the Sixers’ 2020-21 postseason while making 6.1 attempts per game. Opponents used the “hack-a-ben” strategy to continually send him to the free throw line, which proved effective for stretches. The Sixers were knocked out of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round, which was a turning point for Simmons in Philadelphia.

While it’s admirable that Antetokounmpo is trying to improve his free throw shooting, it doesn’t excuse his behavior in this situation. The superstar was visibly frustrated with his struggles on the line and the team’s defeat and allowed it to get the best of him. This is a rare negative sign of the Greek product’s otherwise excellent reputation. Hopefully he will come forward and apologize to the Wells Fargo staff and things will be put right.

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