Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a basket and being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 111-104. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s social media accounts were hacked Thursday afternoon, prompting an investigation by the Milwaukee Bucks.

A series of expletive tweets were posted from Antetokounmpo’s Twitter account; his agent, Alex Saratsis, told ESPN that Antetokounmpo was not responsible for them. The tweets have since been removed.

Once things were seemingly under control, Antetokounmpo’s longtime girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger, and his younger brother Kostas, of the Los Angeles Lakers, both tweeted on his behalf.

“Giannis’ twitter, phone, email and bank accounts were hacked!” both Kostas and Riddlesprigger tweeted. “He genuinely apologizes for everything that was tweeted and he will be back as soon as possible! The things that were said by this hacker were extremely inappropriate and disgusting!”

Antetokounmpo later regained full control of his account and wrote that he felt for those whom the hacked tweets targeted, including Khris Middleton, LeBron James, Steph Curry and the late Kobe Bryant.

MILWAUKEE, WI – DECEMBER 19: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks, Thanasis Antetokounmpo #43 of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kostas Antetokounmpo #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers exchange jerseys after a game on December 19, 2019 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images).

Antetokounmpo wrote: “Hey everybody! I’m back and would like to address the social media incident from earlier today! I was hacked and the situation is currently being investigated. The tweets and posts were extremely inappropriate and I am so disappointed and disgusted that somebody would say the terrible things that were said!

“I feel terrible that the Bucks, Khris, LeBron and the Curry family were included in the malicious and untrue tweets. I feel especially terrible for the Bryant family, during their time of grief they should not be subjected to this type of negativity and foul behavior. Thank you all for always supporting my family and I, and please stay safe!”



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