Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva decided that his Monday night on-court scuffle with Cavaliers center Ryan Hollins wasn't sufficient. No, CV wanted to extend the back-and-forth, and had to be restrained by arena security from going into the Cavaliers' locker room following the incident.
Here's the clip of their on-court back-and-forth, featuring a frustrated Villanueva absolutely losing it after being ejected by game officials:
Villanueva hasn't had the easiest NBA career. The scoring forward has bounced around between three teams since being selected in the 2005 draft by the Toronto Raptors, he's taken in loads of criticism from all angles for his passive defensive play and inattention to rebounding detail, and he's been a bit of a disappointment for the Pistons since signing with the team in 2009. Mired in another losing season in Michigan, with the NBA's worst team taking it to Detroit on their home floor on Monday night, Villanueva let off a little steam after Hollins apparently nicked Charlie on the lip with an elbow.
Both players tussled, while strangely smiling, and Dave Pemberton of the Oakland Press has the fallout:
Things really got bizarre after both players were ejected.
Villanueva stormed onto the court and toward the Cleveland bench before he was restrained by several members of the Pistons staff. As he was being escorted and practically dragged to the back, Villanueva motioned for Hollins to meet him in the back as he was escorted into the Cavaliers' tunnel.
Hollins remained near the Cavaliers bench and was later escorted to the back.
In the back of the arena, Villanueva was seen running toward the Cavaliers' locker room before being stopped by police on the loading dock. The police used a giant mat to stop the sprinting Villanueva.
Two other police officers dragged Villanueva back to the Pistons' locker room as Villanueva was heard shouting, "I'm going to kill that dude."
To Charlie's credit, he did meet with the media following the game. Most ejected players use the early whistle to hightail it out of the arena and into their waiting SUVs, but Villanueva calmly met with reporters following the Pistons' loss.
"At the end of the day, that's something that happened on the court," Villanueva said. "It should stay on the court. I overreacted. He said some things that kind of got me upset."
"It was a heat-of-the-moment thing. He threw an elbow, caught me in my lip," said Villanueva, who still had a swollen, bloody lip and marks on his face more than a half-hour after the incident. "I just told him to watch the elbow and he said something real smart, so I got angry."
You can't really threaten to kill people, and it probably isn't best to attempt to re-launch a fight two different times after things have cooled down; but when you've had a year like the Pistons have had? I can see why you'd be in a fightin' mood. Not being flip with that statement, because frustration can hit even the most seemingly placid of players.
- Charlie Villanueva
- Ryan Hollins