Giannis Antetokounmpo has made himself a target with the headbutt madness that revealed a chink in his armour.
The reigning NBA MVP is facing calls for an extended ban after getting ejected for knocking heads with Mo Wagner of the Washington Wizards.
The Greek Freak, who is soon to become the subject of a Disney movie about his life, has expressed regret for the incident in the Milwaukee Bucks' 126-113 win over the Wizards.
But it’s not the first time he’s let opponents get under his skin in the NBA Bubble in Orlando, and potential play-off rivals will now be rubbing their hands with glee.
Rival teams have recently tried to get physical with the 6’11” forward sensation, but he can only expect more of that same treatment now.
And the 25-year-old will have to keep his emotions in check during the post-season if the Bucks want to go all the way.
Antetokounmpo, who claimed he had “done a great job all year" to ignore "dirty plays”, said: “It was a terrible action.
“If I could 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 and in my career, keeping my composure and focusing on the game
“But like I say, we're all human, we all make mistakes. I'll learn from it, keeping playing good basketball and keep moving forward.
"I think it was just the whole build-up of dirty plays in my mind, guys tripping me, guys falling in front of my feet, holding me, hitting me.
"I have nothing against Wagner – it wasn't just him. Just in my mind, in all the games I've played, there's guys hitting me. I lost it for a second.”
Antetokounmpo, who had 12 points and nine rebounds in just 10 minutes before his frustration boiled over, has vowed to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
He said: "Usually I try to just stay focused, finish the game, don't do something stupid.
"But there's always times when you're in the zone and you don't think. It might take a second or two, you don't think and you do something dumb.
"My whole career I've had great team-mates around me, great coaching staff, and I think I've done a great job being locked in, not feeling much from what the other team's game plan is, what they're trying to accomplish from hitting me.
"But, man, today was the day. Hopefully it's the last one. I know the hits are going to keep coming.
"I've got to be a leader. I've got to learn from this. I'm happy now, but this could happen in the playoffs, it could happen in a big game.
“Hopefully it doesn't repeat itself in the future."
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