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Tony Allen fined $5,000 for overacting on Ginobili foul

May 24, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

In Hollywood, they call that chewing up the scenery.

Memphis guard Tony Allen has been fined $5,000 by the league for his overacting — technically violating the league’s anti-flopping policy — on that play.

Make no mistake, Manu Ginobili fouled  Allen hard on this crucial late-game play — the Grizzlies were down four with :26 seconds left (Allen hit the free throws and then Memphis got the ball out of bounds and Mike Conley tied the game on that possession). We can debate whether or not that is a flagrant — I think it’s a hard foul but if you want to say he knocked an airborne player off balance putting him in danger and that should be a flagrant, you can make a good case.

What is not up for debate is that Allen didn’t hit his head on the floor but sold this call big time. He grabbed his head like he landed on it. Which he clearly does not. It was overacting that really only William Shatner can appreciate.

Did that impact the referees decision in saying it was a flagrant? I don’t know. But I do know at this stage of the playoffs there are plenty of players willing to risk a $5,000 fine from the league to make sure they get a crucial late game call.

  1. saint1997 - May 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Clearly if the players are still doing it the fine is not big enough. It’s a good thing to disincentivise but you need to make sure that the fine is great enough to make people think twice

  2. gbpxlvi - May 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    People get paid 5 grand to act that good.

  3. goraidersgospurs - May 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    What if that had cost spurs the game??

    • moseskkim - May 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      but the refs went to the replay and still found it flagrant. the league office felt mahinmis hit on lebron which seemed similar to me was flagrant. the league just sayin hey tony.. it was a flagrant but take those acting talents to the young and the restless

  4. kyd29 - May 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Glad they fined Phony Allen…

  5. kds73 - May 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    There’s another clip out there of Allen flopping around acting like he got punched in the nose when he wasn’t even touched. And it game 1 vs the Spurs, he threw out his leg to intentionally trip Tony Parker to stop a fast break.

    Tony Allen is quickly becoming a joke, and the refs need to keep a close eye on him.

  6. zickhead - May 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Has Lebron been fine at all during these playoffs? He’s had a couple major flops as well.

  7. sabatimus - May 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    That crowd has it right with that chant.

  8. reediddy - May 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    This is ridiculous. Flopping is just gamesmanship, any time you can manipulate control of the game in your benefit, with the terminal intent to WIN THE GAME, you should be able to take full advantage, especially in games of this magnitude. This is absolutely idiotic.

    • reediddy - May 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      To follow up, what they really need to do is educate their referees to the point that they are able to discern what is a clear foul and what’s an acting job. Instead they are fining the players for using all advantages available to them?!

  9. bjerkrulez - May 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Only $5,000?!!!

    He enrolled to an acting school just to do that scene lmao
    One of the penalties should be showing the video on and on to his children so they’ll know what type of player their dad is

  10. eagles512 - May 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Should have been higher

  11. elnogo - May 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Lebron did that against the Knicks last yr and nothing happened to him. Weird. The play was clearly a foul. Not necessarily flagrant though.

  12. onbucky96 - May 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Duuuude! Soccer fan thinks you sold that one a little too much. It was like the gunman on the grassy knoll got a round into you. Stay classy Memphis…

  13. Kansachusetts - May 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    It was a flagrant foul and Tony Allen did an incredible job of protecting his head. Remarkable agility and arm strength. Anybody else might have hit it hard.

    Perhaps he was imagining how it would have felt :)

    I think it was worth the $5,000 risk.

  14. usm418 - May 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Clearly an overreaction by the refs. Anyone can see he never hit his head. Allen should be playing European league soccer with that kind of acting.

  15. jrebar88 - May 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Meanwhile leflopper has yet to be fined. While traveling across the city to make layups. NBA is a joke!

  16. borderline1988 - May 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    It was an obvious flagrant. That was an extremely dangerous play, and Allen was inches from directly hitting his head on the floor, body suspended downwards. Those are the kind of plays where players get carted off on stretchers, with their necks stabilized.

    That being said, Allen was able to just avoid hitting his head, which is due to great athleticsm and arm strength (as someone mentioned on this board). Therefore, it was clearly a flop.

    I think the NBA played this perfectly. Definitely a flagrant, and definitely a flop.

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