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Golden Dawn leader in racist tirade against basketballer Antetokounmpo

Nikos Michaloliakos says Giannis Antetokounmpo should be detained as an 'illegal immigrant'

Giannis Antetokounmpo's selection with the No 15 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft is part of a plot hatched by the 'fanatical Jew and Zionist' owner of the US team

Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos A Greek basketball player of Nigerian descent has come under racist fire once again from the leader of neonazi Golden Dawn.

In a tirade delivered on an online party broadcast, Nikos Michaloliakos attacked Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 19-year-old selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No 15 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The Golden Dawn leader said that Antetokounmpo, who was born in Athens and was granted Greek citizenship in May, and his parents should have been arrested as illegal immigrants when they were received by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at his office last month.

"A policeman should have arrested them outside the Maximos mansion [the prime minister's office] and brought them to a detention centre, along with the other illegal immigrants," Michaloliakos said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, his parents and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras Giannis Antetokounmpo, his parents and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras According to the Golden Dawn leader, Antetokounmpo's selection by the American team was part of a plot hatched by the team's owner, former US senator Herb Kohl, whom he described as a "fanatical Jew and Zionist but also a big and active antifascist activist".

Displaying more than his crude racism, Michaloliakos also demonstrated general ignorance of the Greek national team in this summer's Eurobasket 2013 in Estonia.

"It seems that God is a Greek because in the third game, our national side lost, and the Nigerian didn't even score a point," the Golden Dawn leader claimed.

In fact, the Greek side lost in its seventh game, which was against Turkey, in which Antetokounmpo scored a point.

It's not the first time that Antetokounmpo has been subjected to abuse by the Golden Dawn leader, who in July referred likened the sportsman to a "chimpanzee".

For his most recent attack, Michaloliakos appeared in the webcast alongside his fellow Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris, whom the party is expected to nominate as its candidate for the Athens mayoral election, which will be held next May.

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