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P.J. Hairston fined $5,000 by NBA for absurdly awful flop (video)


In a decision that shouldn’t surprise anyone who witnessed or subsequently watched the egregious affront to basketball sensibilities, not to mention the NBA’s anti-flopping rules, the league has handed down a $5,000 fine to Charlotte Hornets shooting guard P.J. Hairston for the absurd flop he executed during Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

The NBA’s official announcement:

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2015 – Charlotte Hornets guard-forward P.J. Hairston has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season.

The incident occurred with 11:04 remaining in the fourth quarter of Charlotte’s 98-93 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Time Warner Cable Arena.

And video Hairston’s flop.

Wow. Hairston lucky to get off with a fine. Imagine what would have occurred had he blown out Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s knees, what with the way he flopped and flailed several feet right into Pop’s legs.

Given that Hairston was fined $5,000, it means that he previously has been warned for flopping, as the NBA’s anti-flopping rules dictate a warning first, then an escalating increase in the monetary amount of the fine, beginning with $5K on the second offense. After five violations, the offending player is subject to increased fines and/or suspension.

For Hairston’s sake, hopefully he learned his lesson. Although if a player is going to be fined for flopping, he might as well embellish it such a degree to make it worth it. If one is going to flop around the court like a crappie, one might as well add a little flair, some showmanship, a theatrical quality, even.

Flopping, despite the NBA coming down hard on the act, nevertheless remains a scourge on the game (see here and here and here and here). And those are just a handful of veritably bounty of examples.