Through an official press release, the NBA laid out its anti-flopping rule in an attempt to rid the game of flopping. And though this new rule has no chance of actually working, we’ll at least take the time to at least give it just a little lip service.
Under the new rule, players will be fined for each time they are perceived to have flopped during a play. With “perceived” being the key word here.
Here is how the fine structure is laid out:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
Violation 6 and beyond: a player will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
That sounds all well and good, but the problem here is with how the NBA is defining a “flop”.
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.
Yep, it’s all subjective. Basically a judgment call. This is nothing more than a pass interference call in the NFL with a fine attached to it.
Taking players’ money on a judgment call may convince some to tone it down, but ultimately it just causes more issues for the league. But you have to somewhere, right?