NBA sets flopping penalties; players may be fined

7:05 PM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK -- The NBA will penalize floppers this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league official says has "no place in our game."

Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation.

The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.

The NBA said 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 players' association plans to file a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge, saying economic penalties needed to be bargained with the union first.

The Associated Press

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