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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 at 5:15 pm  |  23 responses

Charlie Villanueva Fined $25,000 for Elbowing Isaiah Thomas in the Face (VIDEO)

Charlie V was ejected after delivering a nasty elbow to Isaiah Thomas’ grill last night in Detroit, and now the Pistons forward is $25K poorer for it. Thomas, quite understandably, was still angry about the incident following the game (which Detroit won over Sacramento 103-97.) Per the NBA and the Sac Bee: “Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been fined $25,000 for his Flagrant Foul Two on Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas.’ [...] 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.’ The first player to react to the foul was center DeMarcus Cousins, who sprinted from the three-point line to protect his teammate. ‘I’m always going to be the first one to react,’ said Cousins, who pulled Thomas away from Villanueva. ‘I can’t really say what was going though my mind,’ Cousins said of the foul. ‘I’m just glad the situation was handled.’ [...] 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.’”

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  • Feez_22

    I have watched cousins play in college at UK and have watched a number of his games in the pros. Never have i seen him run that fast when he was coming to the defense of his teammate. Not even on the fast break ;) he has some burst!!!

  • LakeShow

    Ooooh Charlie….

  • Max

    Lol at Cousins playing peacemaker. Protecting his lil man Isaiah!

  • LakeShow

    He impressed me. He was only looking to separate them.

  • AQWORD

    good call

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    f*cking cancer patient

  • mhm

    lol cousins

  • M Cho

    Can’t laugh at Cousins for this. People get on him to act mature and show leadership and here he is showing it.

  • Lan

    Hard foul yes. Elbow no.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    cousins told thomas… ‘aye cuz, this ni66a sick, he goin thru chemo”

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    KG was right!

  • bringbackthesonics

    VILLAINueva tryin to bring back some of that bad boys d

  • William

    To be honest, I think Charlie Villanueva should’ve been suspended for a couple of games instead of fining him. I am a big Isaiah fan but I think Charlie should’ve been suspended instead.

  • Mackenzie Kerridge

    I thought he was going to attack him hahaha

  • Mackenzie Kerridge

    Charlie V mannnn dude fell off ever since the contract… he’s rotting away in Detroit

  • Caboose

    Really dude?

  • Hugo Silva

    Yo man, i dont wana start a fight but having cancer is no fun. I dont have cancer but i have a close friend that does nd its no joke or something that should be cursed at, so dont “say f***** cancer patient”.

  • Vince

    You know the NBA has gone soft when Charlie Villanueva is called a dirty player and gets ejected and fined for a hard foul. No elbow in that whatsoever. Hard foul yes, but come on people get a grip. Damn.

  • speedy

    I lost a very good friend to cancer.
    Sorry sanchez, maybe I would apologize a comment like yours if it’s made on the court in the heat of the moment, but not here. Think before you write.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    boo

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hoo

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hoo.. thats what imma die from one day. no joke

  • roscoe

    dcuz showed he is in his element when things get nuts. good job dcuz.

    but who won the game? DET.

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