Posted July 23, 2013

Report: NBA’s flopping rule could be headed to arbitration

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The NBPA may seek arbitration for the flopping rule. (Paul Connors/Associated Press)

The National Basketball Players Association may seek arbitration for the flopping rule. (Paul Connors/Associated Press)

The National Basketball Players Association is seeking arbitration to get more clarification on the flopping rule, trying to let a court to decide if the league can even discipline players for such an offense, reports CBSSports.com.

Currently, first-time floppers receive a warning from the league. Repeat floppers are fined $5,000 for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Players are subject to additional fines or suspensions after that.

19 players received flopping warnings last season and five of those were fined $5,000 each for second offenses, including Omer Asik, J.J. Barea, Reggie Evans, Kevin Martin and Gerald Wallace. In the playoffs, a first offense resulted in an automatic $5,000 fine and eight players were fined.

 “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union,” NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner said. “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.”


8 comments
ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Lebron will flop his way to another few championships I'm sure.  

JohnMarshall1
JohnMarshall1

It looked like a pretty terrible flop until the very last replay. You can see George's deltoid go right into James' jugular. The contact didn't look like much, but it was maybe worse than it looked. Getting caught off guard with a shoulder to the throat would probably cause me to recoil instinctively. That said, the contact looked incidental and was not an offensive foul. If you're trying to go chest to chest with a guy and chasing him all over the court, one slight incidental move could get you a shot to the throat. James exaggerated a little, but I think it was still an honest reaction. This was not a Manu/Bowen level flop.

super_mecha
super_mecha

The video proves that espn sucks up to the players. The announcer starts explaining how much contact George made to lebron's neck area until the replay shows that very little contact was made.


They did the same thing when Wade elbowed Lance in the face saying it was a little bump! smh

RobertMartin
RobertMartin

Flop shouldn't be a fine. Award 2 free throws and the ball against the team that flops and now you have both the flopping player and his team paying the price. Beats $5,000 fine which is coffee money to these guys.....

Hampton180
Hampton180

I thought that LeBron did not get fined for the flop in the video did he?

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

you are not allowed to travel with the ball because it is a rule.  you are not allowed to hit a player because it is a finable breaking of the rules.  you should not flop.  make it a finable against the rules charge.  it takes away from the game.  but why refs are not clued to this is the miracle.

dorado
dorado

by REAL foul, i mean a karl malone elbow to the face where actual blood is drawn.  or else, instant replay should be used.

dorado
dorado

how about just quit calling ticky tack touch fouls?  these guys are men being paid millions to play a game, let them battle it out like in the 80's and 90's.  only REAL fouls shoud get called.  if someone wants to flop and put themselves out of position, let them.  and while they're at it, don't call fouls on pump fakes where the shooter leans into the airborn defender (ala dwyane wade), that's not in the spirit of the game, either.