Tyreke Evans warned by NBA for flopping

Tyreke Evans has been cited for flopping by the league.  The NBA issued a warning Evans for his flop that happened in the waning seconds of the third quarter.  After the Clippers’ Matt Barnes missed a wide-open, breakaway layup, he collided with Evans who snapped back his head upon impact.

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Evans becomes the first King warned this season under the league’s new anti-flopping rules.  If he receives another violation this year, he’s subject to a $5,000 fine.

Evans wasn’t the only player cited for flopping from Tuesday night’s game.  The Clippers’ Chris Paul received his first warning of the season for this flop on DeMarcus Cousins.

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Here are the NBA’s official rules and penalties against flopping:

In an effort to curb the unsportsmanlike practice known as “flopping”, the NBA implemented an anti-flopping rule starting in the 2012-13 season.

A “flop” is an attempt to either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call by exaggerating the effect of contact with an opposing player.

The main factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would have been expected given the force or direction of the contact. For example, a player will be considered to have committed a “flop” if he falls to the floor following minimal contact or lunges in a direction different from the direction of the contact.

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.)

The first time a player is determined to have committed a flop, he will be warned by the NBA. Thereafter, the following automatic penalties will apply:

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

For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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