Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat was fined a whopping $5000 by the NBA this morning for flopping during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
To put that in perspective, that would be like fining a person who made $50,000 a year a measly $13. Needless to say, the fine probably won’t have much effect on Wade’s game during the rest of the finals.
Based on 2014 salary, that’s equivalent of $13.49 if you make $50K RT @ZachLowe_NBA League fines Wade $5000 for embarrassing flop last night
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) June 9, 2014
After the announcement was made, sports fans lit up Twitter with messages calling for a change to NBA flopping penalties. At the moment, the NBA hands out monetary fines which increase with every flopping infraction. But even after a third offense, a player is still only fined $15,000. The NBA was praised back in 2012 for addressing the problem of flopping but it’s pretty clear that the fines are an inadequate solution. Luckily, Twitter has a few suggestions to improve NBA flopping penalties.
Give Coaches Two Flopping Challenges.
Shame Players By Making Them Wear A “Scarlet Letter”
— Ben Fraley (@benfraley) June 10, 2014
Suspend Players On Their First Offense
If a player is guilty of flopping, suspend them for half of the next game, for their 1st offense. #NBAflopping
— Brendon Ehlers (@BrendonEhlers) June 10, 2014
Make Flopping Calls On The Court Not After The Game
Hand Out Yellow Cards And Red Cards Like Soccer
On the bright side, the NBA knows that its flopping penalties are inadequate. David Stern said as much during his pre-finals press conference.
Stern said: “It isn’t enough, it isn’t enough. You’re not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player’s salary is $5.5 million. And anyone who thought that was going to happen was allowing hope to prevail over reason.”