Players Not Agreeing with Flopping Fine?
The NBA announced Wednesday it will fine players for repeated acts of flopping, and at least one player says it’s no more than the league’s brass trying to get paid.
“It’s not going to win or lose games for anybody. It’s a good way for the NBA to get more money,” Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said.
As per the new rule, the first flopping offense merits a warning followed by a $5,000 fine for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth, $30,000 for the fifth and a suspension with six or more.
“I guess it’s good in a sense that it stops any of it from happening,” Griffin said after the Clippers’ open practice and scrimmage at the Galen Center on Wednesday. “But now you’re telling me if it’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals and a guy has a chance to make a play he’s going to be like, ‘Well, do I want this $10,000 or do I want a championship?’ ”
The National Basketball Players Association also announced plans to file a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge challenging the new rule. NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement that the rule has to be first bargained by the union and that a “monetary penalty for an act of this type is inappropriate.”
Clippers guard Chris Paul, a board member of the players’ union, declined comment through a team spokesperson. Clippers forward Caron Butler, who has been heavily involved with the players’ union in the past, believes the new flopping rule is a good addition.
“Over the years you see some calls and some plays where you can be like, ‘He kinda sold it. That’s why he made the call.’ But if they got that in place it’s probably better for the game,” said Butler, who described ex-NBA player Vlade Divac as the best flopper ever.