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Washington Wizards’ John Wall Issued Flopping Warning

The NBA Anti-Flopping Penalties Need to Be Revamped

Yahoo Contributor Network

COMMENTARY | Washington Wizards guard John Wall has become the latest target of the NBA flop police.

During the Wizards' season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons, Wall was hit with a flop warning as a result of this collision with Kyle Singler.

According to the league's anti-flopping rules, Wall would face a $5,000 fine if he's found guilty of another flopping offense. If he continues the practice of willfully flailing when in contact with opposing players, Wall could face a fine up to $30,000 and a possible suspension.

Quite frankly, the league's method of cracking down on the irritating practice of flopping is a joke.

To the dismay of the Miami Heat, the NBA should feel obligated to do its part in removing an act that shouldn't have a place in the game of basketball. I'm glad that NBA commissioner David Stern has at least made an attempt to reprimand the players who utilize flopping as a strategic approach on the court.

However, there's room for vast improvement regarding the league's policy of enforcing punishments against flopping. Issuing penalties consisting of thousands of dollars isn't an effective measure toward players who make millions of dollars on an annual basis.

I highly doubt that John Wall's shaking in his boots about possibly being fined $5,000 for his next flopping offense thanks to his recent 5-year, $80 million max contract extension. It's a safe bet that even if Wall is eventually fined, he won't be missing any mortgage payments anytime soon.

The penalties of flopping have to be increased if the league is really serious about removing the practice from the game. Punishments levied against players who partake in the act should dwell more upon suspensions rather than small fines that do no harm to their hefty bank accounts.

Upping the ante for the penalties faced by those who commit flopping offenses is the only way to truly ensure that what's become an increasing trend will turn into a dying fad.

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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network. For additional sports talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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