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NBA to Penalize Flopping this Season; Crack Down on Repeated Offenders
- Updated: October 3, 2012
By: Kels Dayton
As Charles Barkley might say, “Vlade Divac is rolling over in his grave right now.”
Of course, Vlade’s not dead, but that never stopped Charles from using that phrase.
The NBA announced today a plan to eliminate the flop, a ridiculous defensive tactic that had infiltrated the league like an invasive species ever since the wily Divac imported it in the 1980s.
The league will penalize flopping this season like never before–and not a minute too soon, as the problem was getting as annoying as Jeff Van Gundy.
Players will get a warning for their first offense, then be fined $5,000 if they flop again. A third flop will warrant a $10,000 fine while a fourth will cost players $15,000. Five flops in a season will cost you $30,000, and six may lead to a suspension. Are you listening, Europeans and Derek Fisher?
Jackson said that the NBA Board of Governors and the competition committee came together to finalize the penalties. The league determined that it would be too difficult for its incompetent referees to decide whether or not a player flopped in the heat of the battle, so it leave it up to league review.
The hope is that a hit to the wallet, rather than the scoreboard, will still help rid the game of the problem.
“I’m all on board for it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I think it needs to be addressed. I think the steps they’re taking right now, I think will benefit the game. I do. It remains to be seen if it truly has an impact. But I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
“It’s good. Guys can’t be flopping and get away with it anymore,” Oklahoma City guard James Harden said. “It was bound to happen at some point. Obviously, the league got fed up with it and they put it in. I’m happy they did.”
According to the AP, the NBA Players Association is filing a grievance with the league office and charging the league with unfair labor practice, because the new rules were not collectively bargained and player representatives were not consulted.
“The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union,” said NBPA executive director Billy Hunter. “We believe that any monetary penalty for an act of this type is inappropriate and without precedent in any other sport. We will bring appropriate legal action to challenge what is clearly a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the commissioners office.”
Information from the AP was used in this report.