Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for a photo with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number fifteen overall pick to the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo Targeted by Racist Remarks

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the son of Nigerian immigrants and the fifteenth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft (selected by the Milwaukee Bucks), has found himself at the center of a controversy sparked by racist remarks made by Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the leader of the far-right Golden Dawn party in Antetokounmpo’s native country of Greece. During an interview on Tuesday, Michaloliakos referred to the 6-foot-9 Antetokounmpo as “a chimpanzee.”

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Greece’s basketball federation has spoken out again Michaloliakos’ uncalled for comments, calling them both “unacceptable and racist.” That such slurs would come from a member of the Golden Dawn party is not exactly surprising, though. Prime Minister Samaras has in the past referred to the Golden Dawn party as “neo-Nazis,” an appellation which the party leaders reject (although past members have expressed doubt regarding the validity of the Holocaust and have expressed praise for Adolf Hitler).

Despite being decried by the Prime Minster, the Golden Dawn party has been slowly gaining power in the Greek political system. The party won 18 seats last year during the elections and is, according to some political polls, the third-strongest party in the country.

Prime Minster Samaras has expressed his unyielding support of Antetokounmpo. In a meeting with the 18-year-old basketball star, he said:

I thank you for honoring our national colors. I hope you drive them crazy with your slam-dunks … All of Greece is so excited for you.

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  • JBubs

    Stuart, May I ask a question? What exactly are the reasons that make the Golden Dawn Party “far right”?

    • Richard Magnuson

      Sounds more like far left just as Hitler was.

      • moelarryandjesus

        Only idiots think fascists were leftists.

        Hitler and the Nazis despised socialists, communists, unions, gays, women, immigrants, minorities, all non-whites, abortion, birth control, and modern art.

        They resemble the Tea Party right down the line.

        • Michael

          The Tea Party is fighting for our country’s values- Liberty, Freedom, and Capitalism. Of course you know this already, but you still prefer to smear them because you Moelarryandjesus are of the ilk that fights for unpatriotic ideals such as “Fair Share”

          • moelarryandjesus

            The Tea Party is just crazy because they’re a bunch of Angry White Idiots who can’t stand the fact that we have a black President.

          • Reardon Steele

            Nonsense. The Tea party is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already. It was formed to reject high taxes and a big squatting toad of a federal government. Educate yourself before you slander so carelessly.

          • moelarryandjesus

            Nothing any Republican President has ever done has reduced government.

            Never will, either.

            All your Tea Potty goons are doing in Congress is screeching about abortion.

          • John Gould

            Golden Dawn is nothing like the Tea Party. All the Tea Party represents is old people wishing to hold onto entitlements, wanting a tax cut, and are hyper-individualists who think life is just being a slavish consumer with no community, just me me me. They represent maintaining the status quo and are zionist neo-cons who support American Global Hegemony, which is corporate, media, financial, and militarily(so called liberty and capitalism) which has poisoned the world and and seeks to erase the sovereignty of all the nations of the world and destroy those who don’t comply; like Serbia, Iraq, Libya, and now Syria, and soon Russia and Iran. The Golden Dawn represents all classes, all age groups, and wishes to have a Greece for Greeks, and nothing else. They put folk, faith, family, tradition, and national freedom before money.

        • porksammich1

          Hitler instituted national healthcare as one of his first goals. He instituted gun control. He had a common understanding with the Muslim Brotherhood as far as the eradication of Jews. Sound familiar, Mr. Hope and Change?

          • moelarryandjesus

            Hitler had no national health care, and he didn’t institute gun control. The Weimar Republic did that before him. You’re a fool and an ignoramus, like all movement conservatives.

          • Reco2

            National healthcare was introduced during Bismarks time you lying fool. Before Rightwing Hitler was born!

      • longtimeduck

        Magnuson you are completely wrong. Basic history lesson here so pay attention…Stalin was a Communist and led Russia. Hitler and the Nazis hated Stalin and the Communists and invaded Russia. The Nazis put in prison and concentration camps socialists, communists and any one who was remotely left wing. The Nazis are Fascists which are far right. If you think that Hitler was far left you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

      • Reco2

        Hitler was on the Far Right

    • Michael

      The Golden Dawn Party is full of people that are *gasp* actually Greek. They come from families who have actually lived and worked in Greece and paid Greek taxes for 10+ generations.

  • the_muser

    The NAZI party was the National Socialist party. Hitler’s stated hate for communists was a justification for war and relied on the same naive minds that exist today.

  • BuckeyeBornAndRaised

    There aren’t a great deal of Greek players in the league. Let’s hope he succeeds and makes his country proud. If for no other reason than to show he is far bigger than the morons that are attacking him.

  • Tom Barrett

    The Golden Dawn Party sounds like that really long piss you take when you wake up.