NBA Players Speak Out Against Flopping Penalties
(NEW YORK) — The NBA recently adopted financial penalties to combat flopping around the league. Some players in the NBA aren’t too happy about these new rules.
Flopping is the act of, or some would call the art, of falling down and drawing a foul when very little or no contact was made. This is to trick officials into calling the fouls, which can help swing momentum during a game.
“I think it’s a bunch of crap to be honest with you,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “Are they going to come back after a game and fine you for flopping? That’s tough to do to me.”
“It’s not going to win or lose games for anybody,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. “It’s a good way for the NBA to get more money.”
“I think we’re making too many rules each year,” Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden told NBA.com. “It seems like the last five years, it’s been a new rule every year. Technical fouls are up. Hand gestures to the ref. It’s taking away from the game.”
Players will be issued a warning for the first violation, a $5,000 fine for a second offense, $10,000 for a third, $15,000 for a fourth, and $30,000 for a fifth. A sixth violation could lead to suspension.
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