Charlie Villanueva fined $25,000 by NBA for hard foul against Isaiah Thomas (Video)

By on Jan 3, 2013 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Detroit Piston‘s Charlie Villanueva was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association (NBA) for giving a hard foul to Isaiah Thomas of Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, January 1, 2012 (New Year’s Day), as shown in the video below. Piston was then leading by 12 points (58-46) and eventually won, 103-97.

Charlie Villanueva foul Isaiah Thomas

Charlie Villanueva’s foul on Isaiah Thomas
Image Credit: NBA video

According to an official statement at this Wednesday, January 2, Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations, confirmed that Villanueva has been fined $25,000 for his Flagrant Foul Two on Tuesday night, throwing his huge arms at Thomas‘ face. He was immediately ejected from the game.

Thomas, standing at 5 feet 9 inches, was on his way to make a shot with four seconds remaining in the second quarter, when Villanueva, stands 6 feet 11 inches, rotated to stop him and landed an obviously hard foul at the face of the Pistons forward. Thomas dropped on the floor but stood up at once and confronted him.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings‘ center, was the first one to rush in between them and pulled his teammate away. Referees, players, and some NBA officials immediately joined until Thomas, who was furious with what happened, was brought to the bench. The game was temporarily stopped, until Villanueva‘s ejection from the game was announced.

“No, it was just the fact that it was a dirty play and he’s a dirty player. It is what it is. He got kicked out of the game, so it wasn’t nothing big. A lot of guys do stuff like that knowing you can’t really fight in this league, so it’s all right.” Isaiah Thomas was quoted as saying, when asked if the play was the worst part of him.

“I didn’t swing on him. That’s one thing I didn’t do. In the heat of the battle, in the heat of the moment, it is what it is.” Thomas added, who appeared to be making a swing on Villanueva right after the incident, with Kings Coach Keith Smart saying that he will review the video of the incident.

Charlie Villanueva, making Flagrant Foul Two against Isaiah Thomas
Video Credit: XK Cheung/YouTube/NBA

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