On Thursday, Villanueva responded to the call and Thomas' claim [quote via Detroit News]:
"Dirty player? Not at all," said Villanueva. "It was an open lane, I tried to block it. He's four-foot-11, 100 pounds soaking wet, so it looks bad." [...]
"He came after me. I learned my lesson after the last time (laughs), I wasn't gonna do anything," Villanueva said. "I'm not trying to hurt anybody out there."[...]"He said what he had to say, it's over and done with," Villanueva said. "I expected just a regular foul. I got kicked out. I think it was a little too harsh and now I'm going to go through the (appeals) process. He's a little dude, so it looks worse than what it is."
In the words of Ben Gordon,"oh shit." Although I'm in agreement with Villanueva, for the most part, I think if you live in a glass house, you probably shouldn't throw stones.