Reggie Evans’ wallet just took a hit. He has officially become the first player to be penalized with a monetary fine, thanks to the new anti-flopping rule that the NBA adopted at the beginning of the season.
Evans was warned for flopping earlier this season in a game against the Celtics and earned his second strike for exaggerating contact against the Lakers on Nov 20th.
There were a lot of complaints last season regarding flopping and the league acted on the issue. The rule was implemented in order to expose and punish players that try to fool referees into calling incorrect fouls.
Any player that is determined to have flopped during a game first receives a formal warning. For subsequent violations the player is fined $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000. If a player violates the rule 6 or more times, he may face increased fines or even suspensions.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Martin, Minnesota’s J.J Barea and Cleveland’s Donald Sloan have all received warnings for flopping this season.
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