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NBA issues video explanation of flopping

The NBA has instituted a policy against flopping. Players like Shane Battier who have a reputation for trickery are worried they'll be targeted ... even if they don't flop.

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The NBA cracks down on flopping

The NBA has taken a strong stance against the pervasive flopping issue that has been a hot topic of conversation in recent years.

A video that the league has released can be seen by clicking here.

Also, flopping will be determined as follows, according to

The determination of whether a player has violated the flopping rule will be made by the League following video review of the play. (Game officials will not make determinations about flopping during games.)

This week, the league has implemented a policy that it believes will keep players from taking a dive. The first violation of the new rules will result in a warning, with the second infraction costing the player $5,000.

With each additional violation of the rule comes a bigger fine: $10,000, $15,000 and topping out at $30,000 for a fifth violation. If a player actually commits six or more infractions, the league has the right to discipline the offender as it determines fit.


Shane Battier is paranoid, fears flopper profiling

The Heat defensive specialist worries that his reputation will lead to him being unfairly targeted by the league's new flop policy. But if he's not a flopper, why is he so worried?


NBA players fighting anti-flopping rules

The National Basketball Players Association's executive director Billy Hunter announced that the players union will file a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge against the NBA, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears. The league announced a new anti-flopping policy on Wednesday.

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry tweeted a statement released by Hunter:

"The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union. We believe that any monetary penalty for an act of this type is inappropriate and without precedent in our sport or any other sport."

Hunter's statement continued, saying the NBPA would bring legal attention to what he called a "vague and arbitrary overreaction" by the league and commissioner David Stern.

The NBA said it would charge players for flopping with a penalty ladder of a warning on the first violation, later escalating to a $30,000 fine by the sixth such charge. Following the sixth flop, a player could face suspension or "discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances," according to the NBA announcement.


NBA tries to stop the flop

Public and player outcry over flopping reached a boiling point during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, and it appears the NBA is close to taking action.

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