Repeat violators will be subject to fines

The NBA on Wednesday announced its new anti-flopping initiative, spelling out a system of warnings and fines for players who consistently try to dupe referees into calling fouls after minimal contact.

The league is defining flopping "as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player." 

In a statement, league officials said: "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."

The league will review potential flops on video, and a player will receive one warning before he is subject to fines. Here's how it'll work during the regular season:

Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine

A player who violates the rule six times or more will, according to league officials, "be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension."

League officials eventually will announce a different set of penalties for flopping during the playoffs.

Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at and connect with him on Facebook at Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.

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