The NBA plans to penalize floppers this season, fining players for 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. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six could lead to a suspension.
The players' association, though, said it'll file a grievance with the league office and an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.
"The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union," union executive director Billy Hunter said.
But a number of players support the policy.
"Shameless flopping, that's a chump move," Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant said.
Under the league's plan, flopping wouldn't be called as an infraction during games but would instead be determined after the fact, by video review. The NBA said flopping would be defined as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."
"Our adoption of an anti-flopping rule is fully consistent with our rights under the collective bargaining agreement and the law," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
It seems more likely than not that regular-season games will be canceled before the league and players' association even get back to the negotiating table. The sides broke off talks Tuesday after just two hours. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has no timetable when it'll start calling off games. The season is slated to open Oct. 11.
Pat Summitt says in an affidavit that she initially believed she was forced to step down as the Tennessee women's basketball coach after the 2011-12 season by athletic director Dave Hart. The affidavit was part of former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings' lawsuit against the school. In it, Summitt said Hart told her at a March 14 meeting she'd have to step down at the end of the season. Hart later told her that she misinterpreted his comments. Summitt revealed before the season that she was battling early-onset dementia. Jennings' suit alleges age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement.