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Pistons’ Villanueva to appeal fine for foul on Kings’ Thomas

Jan 3, 2013, 7:56 PM EDT

Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva doesn’t really get it.

He was ejected with a Flagrant Two foul then was fined $25,000 for the foul he committed on the Kings Isaiah Thomas. Later Thomas called Villanueva a dirty player.

Villanueva both denied that and told the Detroit Free Press he plans to appeal the fine.

“Dirty player? Not at all,” Villanueva said. “He saw an open lane, I tried to block the ball and he’s 4-foot-11, a 100 pounds wet so he looks bad. I’m not a dirty player. I didn’t try to hurt him at all.”

Villanueva said he plans to appeal. Pistons coach Lawrence Frank scoffed at Thomas’ assertion.

As I said when we first posted the video of the ejection, this struck me as a foul on the borderline of worthy of an ejection. It was a hard foul but I didn’t think there was intent to injure.

He can appeal if he wants, but that’s not likely to go anywhere. To remove the fine from a flagrant-two and ejection is to say referees made a mistake with the initial call, and the league is not going to do that here on a borderline call.

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