NBA institutes a ‘You flop, you pay’ policy

NBA players will pay a hefty fine if they choose to act like they were steamrolled by a dump truck at the slightest touch thanks to a new anti-flopping rule adopted by the league.

A warning will be given upon the first violation. After that, though, if you flop, you pay. Big time.

Players’ bank accounts will then start taking full-contact hits that the NBA hopes will convince them to keep their flailing and faking out of the game.

Fines begin at $5,000 and escalate to $30,000 for the fifth confirmed flop, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced today. The sixth violation is subject to even more extensive fines and a possible suspension.

“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,” Jackson said. “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.”


The NBA, in a press release, provided this definition:

“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 flopping fines:
  • Violation 1: Warning
  • Violation 2: $5,000 fine
  • Violation 3: $10,000 fine
  • Violation 4: $15,000 fine
  • Violation 5: $30,000 fine
  • Violation 6-plus: If a player violates the anti-flopping rule six times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.

More from the NBA’s press release:

The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.

Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.

Speaking of flopping, the Deseret News previously compiled a list of some of the NBA’s notorious flopping violators (click to see if guys like Manu, Battier, Griffin, Raja, Vlade and Stockton made the final cut).
The NBA made the announcement after Jazz media availability this morning, so immediate reaction from Utah is unavailable.
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Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.


  1. Zach J

    In related news, Manu Genobili announces his retirement from the NBA, stating “There’s no longer anything left for me here.”