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Charlie Villanueva snaps on court, tries to carry fight to locker room

Apr 11, 2011, 11:53 PM EDT

Charlie Villanueva Ryan Hollins fight AP

Soon to be new Pistons owner Tom Gores was in the building. Charlie Villanueva has an interesting way of impressing him.

What ended as one of the craziest moments of the year — with police trying to stop a locker room fight — started on the court with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter. The Pistons had the ball as part of their play Villanueva tried to set a pick on the Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins, and Hollins puts a little shoulder into Charlie V. So far it’s like a play that happens a dozen times a game at least.

But Villanueva and Hollins get tangled up and Villanueva’s hands come up to Hollins face. Pretty quickly Hollins follows suit and the two are pushing each other and being separated.

The refs come in and both men get a technical and are ejected.

Then Villanueva snaps — he runs toward the Cavaliers bench with Pistons security trying to hold him back and get him to the locker room. Villanueva essentially challenges Hollins to continue this out in the hallway by the locker rooms and Villanueva went over by the Cavs locker room.

Security kept Hollins on the bench until Charlie V. was in the Pistons locker room, then he was escorted to the visitors locker room. Through it all the Pistons PA announcer is reminding fans not to throw anything or charge the court.

Watch the video. C.R.A.Z.Y.

But it doesn’t end there.

About 10 minutes after this police standing on a loading dock between the two locker rooms had to stop Villanueva from charging into the Cavaliers locker room, according to multiple reports

After the game, Villanueva was asked why he nuts, and he told Dave Hogg (of the AP among others):

“You’ve got to be careful with the quiet ones, right?”

Suddenly, Kevin Garnett seems a little more sane.

  1. hnirobert3 - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Charlie V is a fake tough guy.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 12, 2011 at 2:00 AM

      Yeah, fake tough guy for real! C.V. can nutt up on skinny, little known back up C Ryan Hollins and look like a mainiac for getting tangled up, but he tucks his tail in between his legs when Kevin Garnett calls him a cancer patient !?!? He aint bout s***.

      • boondocksaint224 - Apr 12, 2011 at 4:37 AM

        I think it’s hilarious that you use KG as a measuring stick for being “tough”. Kevin Garnett is the NBA’s biggest “all bark, no bite” phony hardass. From LITERALLY barking at Ben Gordon from the bench in the 2008 playoffs (in which he wasn’t even playing), starting **** with Jose Calderon, smacking Tim Duncan in the back of the head from behind, throwing a ball at Antonio McDyess then RUNNING away when McDyess came back at him, sucker punching teammates and countless other incidents, KG might be the biggest punk coward the NBA has ever seen.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:09 AM

        Maybe he’ll get on Twitter and explain that Ryan Hollins called him a bad name.

  2. mk2323 - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    2 trash players on meaningless teams in meaningless cities.

  3. lebronsinsecurity - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    That was just weird on CV’s part.. Hollins definitely wasn’t as weird as CV, but was as much of a punk in the whole thing.. Still doesn’t explain the insanely stupid reaction of Villanueva..

  4. umiami11 - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Ron Artest ruined that video being about 100x better. No way the Pistons director of security would have been so on top of his game, and held Charlie back, had they not been so fight experienced at The Palace.

    • aqzi - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:30 AM

      Absolutely right. Same reason the “Palace” name is used in the YouTube video title.

  5. oumoonunit - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    I wish fights were legal in the NBA. That would cure all of this fake tough guy crap. What is wrong with two grown men throwing hands when they both want to. It should still be an ejection, but let men be men. The boys will fall, and then they won’t get up talking any more crap. The NHL has something right at least.

    • aqzi - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:36 AM

      Allowing fights in sports leagues is a balance between league image and the attention you get. Hockey is a league that has much fewer fans than the NBA and could use the highlights, excitement, etc. that is generated by a fight. The NBA would rather build a fan base through less provocative means. The dress code that started a couple years ago (players must wear collars to the arena and other limitations) is in line with this.

      There is also the matter that the majority of NBA players are black, whereas NHL players are almost all white. Like it or not, that matters.

      • savocabol1 - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

        Why in the hell would race matter when it comes to fighting in the NBA or NHL? I’m pretty sure there is black, white, mexican, ect people in the NHL fighting each other on the daily. They aren’t fighting because they don’t like that person’s race, they are fighting because they have a beef with that person.

        Attempting to pull a race card on fighting in sports is an epic fail if I ever seen one.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        I don’t think he was making a racist comment or playing the race card. I think it’s more about perception and the racism that still exists in this country and the double standard that exists in sports. fighting in hockey is acceptable and people love it. Fighting in basketball would be “young black men who can’t control their tempers…thugs.” Like I said, double standard.

      • savocabol1 - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        That is a double standard that you set it as. If I saw two basketball players fighting I would think “two guys fighting.” Same with NHL, tennis, golf, whatever. I don’t immediatly think of race. Frankly I could careless about race, I just want to see the action.

  6. ljl2 - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Charlie just does not like the Cavs…

  7. vinster4983 - Apr 12, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Yeah… Villanueva is a wuss. Can’t stand up and get in KG’s face but isn’t afraid of Ryan Hollins.

  8. kindasporty - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    I know it’s apples and oranges but could you imagine if you just met your new boss then proceeded to get into a fight at work with him right there?

    • andyhr17 - Apr 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM

      His boss would probably tell him that he is a cancer to his company and the industry that he works in.

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