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Basketball federation condemns Golden Dawn slur

Michaloliakos’ comments about Antetokounmpo ‘unacceptable and racist’

In a television interview on Tuesday, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos likened Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo to a ‘chimpanzee’

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The Hellenic Basketball Federation (EOK) has strongly condemned remarks by the leader of Golden Dawn who likened recent NBA draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo to a “chimpanzee”.

The EOK on Thursday described the remarks as “unacceptable and racist”.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, an 18-year-old Greek shooting guard and the Athens-born son of Nigerian immigrants, was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks.

He was received on Wednesday by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at his office.

Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of Golden Dawn, likened the 2.06m player to a “chimpanzee” in a television interview on Tuesday.

On the show, Michaloliakos, referring to Antetokounmpo, asked whether “if you give a chimpanzee in the zoo a banana and a flag, is he Greek”…

(Read the full report on Eleftherotypia’s English website: http://www.enetenglish.gr/?i=news.en.sport&id=1249)

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