NEW YORK -- The NBA will penalize floppers this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league official says has "no place in our game."
Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation.
The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.
The NBA said 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."
The players' association plans to file a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge, saying economic penalties needed to be bargained with the union first.
The Associated Press