Golden State Warriors’ Jarrett Jack hit with first anti-flopping warning
And as quick as it may seem, the NBA has already leapt into action even before the complete implementation of its stringent anti-flopping policy.
Golden State guard Jarrett Jack revealed in a tweet on Tuesday that he’s one of the first players warned by the NBA regarding flopping.
"So I've been warned for flopping hahaha,” wrote Jarrett Jack.
It’s ironic that Jarrett Jack should receive the honor of becoming the first player to be warned about flopping by the NBA, especially when he’s called out multiple players on flopping in the past. During last year’s playoffs, Jarrett Jack used the familiar twitter medium to urge the referees to stop being influenced by the flops of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. The 23-year-old Blake Griffin has made a strong niche for himself in the NBA’s flopping department.
Jarrett Jack has also previously identified Portland Trail Blazers _ LaMarcus Aldridge and Miami Heat forward LeBron James in his flopping rants as violators of the NBA’s recent policy.
It is still unclear on which play the NBA is charging Jarrett Jack with flopping. However, it’s likely that the play the NBA is referencing to occurred during the Golden State Warriors preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on October 15th, a day before Jarrett Jack’s tweet regarding the flopping confession.
The Golden State Warriors previously also faced the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz.
However, Jarrett Jack will not be fined since the league is utilizing the preseason to inform players about the types of plays that can earn them a fine or suspension in reference to the NBA’s anti-flopping policy during the regular-season. Neither will the players’ withstanding warnings during the preseason count into the regular-season. The official fines and suspensions will go into effect with the tips off of the regular-season on 30th October.
NBA Commissioner David Stern called the rising trend of flopping in the sport as a "trickery" and "deceit" practiced by players to provoke false calls against opposing rivals by acting out as victims in situations consistent with fouls. Although the NBA announced its new anti-flopping policy prior to the start of the preseason, it was never determined at what level it will be implemented during this stage.
The typical procedure to identify a flop during a game requires extensive review of postgame video evidence by the league office, and the handing out of increasing punishments according to repetition of the offense to players who’ve been found guilty of flopping.
The first penalty starts with a warning from the league, followed by a $5,000 fine for a second violation, rising to $30,000 for a fifth flop. Players are punishable by suspensions and more lucrative fines by the NBA upon a sixth flop and beyond.
However, not everyone sees eye-to-eye with the NBA’s anti-flopping policy. The National Basketball Players Association has called out the league’s penalties as excessive and is trying to overturn procedure.