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Giannis Antetokounmpo Shares Big Wingstop News: 'It's Getting Spicy!'

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By Melanie VanDerveer on July 9, 2024 at 2:45 PM EDT

Any fan of Giannis Antetokounmpo knows just how much he loves chicken nuggets and wings. The Milwaukee Bucks star recently helped Wingstop share some exciting, "spicy" news with fans.

Wingstop just added the super popular flavor, Hot Honey Rub, to the menu permanently, which was something Antetokounmpo was actively trying to make happen.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Helps Wingstop Announce Big, 'Spicy' News!

Many Wingstop fans believe that one particular flavor, which has appeared on the menu three times since 2022, should become a permanent offering.

On Tuesday morning, Antetokounmpo shared the news that they wanted to hear - Hot Honey Rub is now a permanent menu item!

"Ooooh...It's getting spicy, It's getting hot," Antetokounmpo said in a video shared on Instagram. "Hey guys, I got you, relax, I got you. I made a few phone calls at Wingstop. They saw my tweet, they read your comments. Hot Honey Rub is here to stay, it's going to be permanent on the menu."

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Fans Are Excited About Hot Honey Rub Being A Permanent Menu Item!


Antetokounmpo's video on Instagram captioned, "WE DID IT!! @Wingstop is making Hot Honey Rub PERMANENT because you blew up the comments. Let’s goooo!" received tons of positive comments from excited Wingstop customers. At the end of the video, Antetokounmpo calls to his wife Mariah, "Let's go grab some wings, please!"

Wingstop dropped into the comments to point out, "Mariah’s been ready."  Many others also left comments about the "hot" announcement. "I love hot I gotta try it," one person wrote. Another added, "Thank you my GOAT." 

Adding Hot Honey Rub to the permanent menu was something Wingstop couldn't avoid thanks to fans, including Antetokounmpo.

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"We were flooded with Hot Honey Rub fandom since the flavor debuted. Constant pleas on social, handwritten letters, voicemails, and even a call from Giannis," Melissa Cash, Wingstop's Chief Brand Officer said.

"We set a very high bar for the flavors that make our permanent lineup, but the popularity of this flavor speaks for itself. It was time that we show love to our fans and give Hot Honey a permanent spot on the menu."

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Jumped At His Shot For Free Wingstop During The NBA Season

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Courtesy of Wingstop

Earlier this year during a regular season Bucks game, footage was released that showed Antetokounmpo rushing to get his phone to scan the QR code for free Wingstop wings when the opposing team missed their free throws. The clip doesn't show the outcome, which was the Bucks star not being quick enough to cash in on the free wings deal.

Three weeks after that game, Antetokounmpo shared a video on Instagram revealing that he finally got some Wingstop wings.

"You know I can't go nowhere without my lemon pepper wings, baby," he said in the video. "I got 'em! Some people have them for lunch. I have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, baby."

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Wingstop Has Previously Teamed Up With A Few NBA Teams


Partnering with Antetokounmpo wasn't the first time Wingstop got in on some NBA action. According to a Wingstop representative, the wing giant has an official basketball sponsorship with a few NBA teams, as well as some local brand partners.

"Wingstop has official basketball sponsorships with the L.A. Lakers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and Chicago Bulls, and local Wingstop Brand Partners in Milwaukee run a special promotion with the Bucks where if the opposing team misses two free throws in a row in the fourth quarter, the arena wins five free wings, making moments like Giannis and his viral QR code snapshot possible," a representative for Wingstop told The Blast in February.

"Bulls and Pistons fans can look forward to promos tied to scoring outcomes and Knicks and Lakers fans can indulge in custom limited-time-only flavors in their markets throughout the season."

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Giannis Antetokoumpo Is Competing In The Paris Olympics!

Antetokounmpo recently had an emotional moment after he helped Greece get to the Paris Olympics.

This is the first time Greece qualified for basketball in the Olympics since 2008, and this will be the first time Antetokounmpo will be representing his country in the Olympics.

Playing a big role in the win with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists against Croatia, Antetokounmpo was brought to tears after the game. His children were seen celebrating this huge milestone with him.

The official Olympic Games Instagram page dropped into the comments of his video to say, "Congrats, Giannis! See you in France."

Many of his fans were excited to witness such a moving moment.

"I'm Brazilian and I'm supporting you as much as I supported my team today! May your example inspire children around the world because as a grown man I am very inspired by you," one viewer shared.

Another added, "Thank you Giannis, you and all the rest of the guys for the incredible emotions you gave us, the coach and the legend Spanoulis. I wish you good luck in Paris, for us Greeks you are the Olympians of our hearts, anyway!"

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