NBA Players Association to file grievance over new anti-flopping rule
The NBA Players Association will file a grievance with the league to protest the new flopping rule that was implemented today for the upcoming season, according to a tweet Wednesday evening from Howard Beck of The New York Times. Not much is known at this time about the grievance but according to Beck, the NBPA is filing the grievance because it was imposed unilaterally.
The league announced earlier in the day on Wednesday that players will be fined for flopping and the new rule will be effective for this upcoming season, which is set to kick off Oct. 30. Players will be warned the first time and they will be subject to a fine for subsequent offenses. A $5,000 fine will be imposed if the player flops after being warned and the player could face a fine of $30,000 for the sixth offense. After the sixth offense, the player will face a possible suspension, according to the league.
"Flops have no place in our game -they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call," vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said in a statement. "Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the competition committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should - after a warning - be given an automatic penalty."