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Pistons’ Villanueva fined $25,000 for foul on Kings’ Thomas

Jan 2, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

You kind of knew this was coming — once Charlie Villanueva was ejected for a flagrant two foul on the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas Tuesday night you had to expect a fine to follow. It did, the league announced a $25,000 fine for Villanueva on Wednesday.

To not fine Villanueva would violate standard NBA procedure and suggest that the referees made a mistake, and they were not going to do that in this case. I said from the start it was a borderline flagrant two, but if you’re going to call it one you have to fine him and the league will back the refs on borderline calls.

The incident happened before halftime when Thomas drove the lane and the Villanueva rotated over to stop him and did so with a hard foul that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground. Thomas came up angry and looking ready to fight but is stopped before anything happens. You can see the video above and decide for yourself if you think the fine is warranted.

  1. senorpapino - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    The NBA really could use some consistency. This is a flagrant 2 yet Dwayne Wade’s shoulder charge from behind on Collison in last year’s playoffs is a flagrant 1?

  2. vaginahurts - Jan 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Nba becoming soft

  3. abchome - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    It’s not really a very hard foul. A fragrant 1 should be more than justified. Yes, the league need consistency in ruling.

  4. torrigjp - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Seriously? Fine Dumas for the contract he gave Charlie V.

  5. torrigjp - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Dwayne kicked a man in the jimmy for god sakes

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