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Greek federation condemns racial remark about Draft pick


Posted Jul 4, 2013 12:52 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's basketball federation has condemned remarks by the leader of an extreme right Greek political party who likened a recent NBA draft pick to a "chimpanzee."

The federation on Thursday described the remarks aimed at Giannis Antetokounmpo as "unacceptable and racist."

Antetokounmpo is an 18-year-old Greek shooting guard and the son of Nigerian immigrants. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks and received this week in Athens by conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Leader of the far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, likened the 6-foot-9 player to a "chimpanzee" in a television interview Tuesday.

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