Gerald Wallace Fined for Flopping
The NBA has fined Nets forward Gerald Wallace $5,000 for his second violation of the league’s anti-flopping policy on Wednesday. Wallace’s first warning came last week and he clearly didn’t learn his lesson, as both of his flops came on remarkably similar plays.
His second violation came during the third quarter of a loss to the Heat in Miami on Saturday. Wallace was defending Heat All-Star forward LeBron James at the free-throw line extended, when James drove hard left towards the hoop. Wallace absorbed minor contact from James’ right arm but launched himself backwards to the ground, throwing his head backwards as he fell. James was whistled for an offensive foul on the play.Video of the second flop is available on NBA.com.
Wallace will now be subject to further fines if they are deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.