PHILADELPHIA (TUSEN) — Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo argued with an arena employee and threw a ladder away from a basket, causing it to topple as he attempted free throw practice following the Bucks’ 110-102 loss to Philadelphia on Friday night.
After going 4 for 15 from the line, Antetokounmpo returned to the Wells Fargo Center floor minutes after the end of the game to shoot free throws with a small number of fans still in the building.
Antetokounmpo then missed his first five foul shots in post-game practice. During a lull in the two-time NBA MVP’s shooting, arena workers took to the field for their usual postgame activities.
One of the workers set up a 10-foot ladder next to the basket where Antetokounmpo was firing. Antetokounmpo walked over to the ladder and pushed it aside.
The employee put it back in place, much to Antetokounmpo’s anger. He approached the staffer, had a quick, heated exchange of words, then pushed the ladder away again, causing it to crash to the floor.
Word quickly spread through the Wells Fargo Center and 76ers backup center Montrezl Harrell, who was still standing on the other side of the lane talking to a group of individuals, including some 76ers staffers, began walking towards Antetokounmpo and yelling at him for assaulting the arena employee.
Harrell never got past half court, as team employees were able to get him to turn around and head to the Philadelphia locker room.