Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans was the first National Basketball Association player to be fined under the league’s new anti-flopping rule.
Evans was fined $5,000 for a second offense in which he faked an action that appeared to be caused by a foul from an opponent.
Evans was disciplined for exaggerating contact from the Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace two nights ago. He had been warned for falling down with little or no contact during a fight for a rebound against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 15.
Last month, the NBA adopted the anti-flopping rule that fines players as much as $30,000 for falling to the court with the intent of having referees call a foul on an opponent.
The rule will be enforced beginning this season, NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said in a statement.
“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,” he said.
The NBA’s Board of Governors and Competition Committee said any player determined by video review to have committed a flop will first receive a warning. Further violations will result in fines and possible suspension, with discipline starting at $5,000 for a second case and escalating to $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000.
The league defined flopping as a physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.
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