NBA sets flopping penalty

League cracking down on flopping

Published On: Oct 03 2012 02:05:05 PM EDT
NEW YORK -

The NBA has announced anti-flopping rules that will fine repeat offenders.

The league said Wednesday that 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."

Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 the second time. The fines increase to $30,000 for a fifth offense.

Commissioner David Stern has sought to end flopping, believing it tricks the referees. Vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson says in a statement that "flops have no place in our game."