GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO was ejected from the Milwaukee Bucks' win over the Washington Wizards after HEADBUTTING Moe Wagner.
The 6ft 11in superstar finally lost his cool after two years' worth of petty fouls against him and lashed out at his German opponent.
Antetokounmpo – one of the favourites for this year's Most Valuable Player award – was immediately ejected in the second quarter.
He will likely face at least a one-match ban – with the Bucks facing the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night.
The Greek star, 25, has been unstoppable in recent seasons, storming to last year's MVP gong.
But this season – and for much of 2018-19 – defenders have resorted to sly fouls, such as grabbing him, kicking him or tripping him.
And Antetokounmpo finally lost his cool on Tuesday night.
The Bucks have been in poor form since the restart in the Orlando "bubble" – despite sealing the No1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the NBA Playoffs.
And just 15 minutes into the game, Antetokounmmpo clashed with Wizards big-man Wagner.
Giannis – regarded as one of the nicest, most-humble players in all of sport – attempted to drive to the basket, but was blocked by Wagner.
The power forward immediately lost his rag in a rare showing of frustration and remonstrated with the German's team-mates.
He then walked up to Wagner and headbutted him.
Antetokounmpo – who had only played ten minutes up until that moment – was immediately ejected.
The Bucks clung on to beat the Wizards, ultimately running out 126-113 winners.
But with Milwaukee's only other All-Star, Khris Middleton, sitting out the game, Giannis' ejection put coach Mike Budenholzer under the cosh.
Bud was forced to roll out the reserves – with the likes of Sterling Brown and Frank Mason III, along with starting centre Brook Lopez, performing admirably.
If I could turn back time, I wouldn't do it. All these games I've played with guys hitting me, I lost it for a second.
After the game, Antetokounmpo was in remorseful mood, saying: "[It was a] terrible action.
"If I could go back, turn back time and go back to that play, I wouldn't do it.
"But at the end of the day, we're all human, we all make mistakes.
"I think I've done a great job all year, in my career at keeping my composure and focus on the game, but we're human and make mistakes.
"But at the end of the day, you learn from it, keep playing good basketball and keep moving forward."
Antetokounmpo added: "I don't have nothing against Wagner, it wasn't just him.
"It was just like, in my mind, all these games I've played with guys hitting me, I lost it for a second."
"Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time… he normally is phenomenal, and today was a slip-up.
Coach Budenholzer gave his back to his All-Star forward adding: "This is nothing.
"Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time… he's a MVP, people are gonna try him.
"He normally is phenomenal, and today was a slip-up.
"I think it's probably, in some ways, it could be one of the best things that happened today, and it's a learning moment.
"We'll all remember how important it is that we've got to keep our cool."
Meanwhile, Wizards coach Scott Brooks was less forgiving.
Brooks said: "There's no place for that. It's unfortunate [that it's] Giannis, I have a lot of respect [for him].
"Obviously, he's one of the best players in the league, but it's unfortunate that it happened.
"I'm sure the league is gonna look at it and make a decision.
"Luckily for them, it's not a playoff game because I'm sure he's gonna miss probably a couple games."
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