Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was fined $25,000 dollars for a flagrant 2 foul on Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas Tuesday night.
The play in question came just before halftime as Thomas was driving to the net with little time left on the shot clock. As he drove the lane he was met in the air by Villanueva who ended up catching the undersized Thomas with a forearm to the face. Thomas fell to the ground and immediately got up to get in the face of the Pistons forward before getting restrained by DeMarcus Cousins of all people.
Villanueva was eventually ejected from the game after the refs deemed the foul a flagrant two while Thomas remained in the game.
Apparently though Thomas’ outburst wasn’t just because of this particular foul, it was Villanueva’s play in general according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:
The Kings said it wasn’t the first hard foul by Villanueva. Thomas said the fact he was airborne on the play wasn’t the worst part for him.
“No, it was just the fact that it was a dirty play and he’s a dirty player,” Thomas said. “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.” […]
Thomas appeared to take a swing at Villanueva but denied doing that.
“I didn’t swing on him,” he said. “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.”
Villanueva’s fine though is $10,000 dollars less than what Dwight Howard of the Lakers received for his flagrant 2 on Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets last week.
h/t: Yahoo! Sports, Sacramento Bee