Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, fined $25,000 for his flagrant foul on Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, insisted Thursday he's not a dirty player.
After Tuesday's game, Thomas accused Villanueva of being a dirty player.
"It was just the fact that it was a dirty play and he's a dirty player," Thomas told the Sacramento Bee. "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."
Villanueva responded to the allegations after Pistons practice today.
"I saw an open lane, I tried to block the ball," said Villanueva. "He's four-foot-eleven, 100 pounds wet, so it looks bad. I'm not a dirty player. I didn't try to hurt him at all."
When asked if there was anything going on between he and Thomas, Villanueva said, "No sir, no sir," and was surprised to learn Thomas has less than 100 games of NBA experience.
"He's got less than 100 games? Wow," said Villanueva. "I didn't even know that. He was a rookie last year? I didn't even know that.Tells you how much I know about him."
"I'm definitely not a dirty player," said Villanueva. "I know a lot of people who will testify to that."
The Pistons are looking for a fourth-straight win when they host the Hawks Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
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