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Mario Chalmers fined $5,000 for flop against Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

Feb 6, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

That play from Wednesday night worked for Mario Chalmers — he drew and offensive foul on Blake Griffin.

He also flopped — and that’s the second time this season he’s been caught flopping so the league came down on him with a $5,000 fine this season. Yes, a whopping $5,000. To be clear, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance one time after a huge play and you get fined three times the amount you do for two flops. And you wonder why we still see a lot of flopping around the league.

Chalmers first flop warning came after a Jan. 20 game against the Hawks.

Chalmers becomes the fourth player to be fined for flopping this season, joining James Harden, Lance Stephenson and Corey Brewer.

  1. ufools - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Cheater.

  2. antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Yeah, and we still haven’t seen that predicted flop warning for LeBron on Monroe, PBT. You guys may have jumped the gun on that one. Next time you should do what you did here (what you cats normally do) and wait until after the flop warning comes down from the league, instead of jumping into a witch hunt.

    • ranfan12 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      Yeah, PBT should know better. I mean why would anyone think that LBJ of all people is going to get a flop warning LOL

      • antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Well fair is fair. We’ve seen flop warning article after flop warning article on here – after the league has issued the warning. That makes sense – the warning or fine is issued and then they comment. No problemo.

        In the LeBron-Monroe case though PBT just bandwagoned a small clip and sentiment from some other site and then predicted an impending warning that isn’t going to come. They overreacted, jumped out there with their pitchforks and torches calling for a flop warning for something that wasn’t even clearly a flop (with the audacity to claim he “flopped” twice).

        Smh. I hope they learned something.

      • hatesofties - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        How wasn’t that LeBron double flop not even a single flop? How can the NBA say it wants to crack down on flopping, and then just straight up ignore a guy who gets barely tapped, and then thrashes his head back, falls into a back flip while clutching his face, and does a double roll, ending up 10ft from where he was originally? Either LeBron is flopping, or he’s haunted by one of those stupid ghosts from Paranormal Activity, and they are grabbing him and sliding him around on the floor while he’s screaming and scratching at the ground.

      • money2long - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        anti is so passionate about this flop thing. woah

    • limonadamas - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Please… Just because the league didn’t call it out doesn’t mean he didn’t flop egregiously. That video wasn’t even in slow-motion. Is anyone surprised though?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        No, it was not egregious as LeBron actually did get hit in the mouth. Egregious is what Chalmers did here, tossing his head back when Griffin’s arm wasn’t even moving and there wasn’t even a physical battle going on between the two. That’s the type of thing that gets a warning and a fine, particularly because Chalmers got the call. That is not what happened between LeBron and Monroe – they were both physically fighting for position and LeBron did catch a real elbow to the face – and in LeBron’s case the foul went against him.

        But LeBron has been warned and fined before, so the league would not hesitate to do it again if they thought it was warranted. It simply is not warranted.

        Next!

      • limonadamas - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Everyone else has already argued with you on the previous post already… Lebron tried to flop twice. The first flop didn’t have any contact. On the second one, he clearly tried to move his face towards Monroe’s elbows and then shot backwards.

        I can’t stop you from insisting on making yourself look horribly biased. =)

    • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Lol.

      “No, it was not egregious as LeBron actually did get hit in the mouth. ”

      Lol. The flopping happened before contact. Which any person who isn’t a simple minded bandwagoner could see.

      Why even post this garbage on here? Have you no pride?

      No need to start another discussion. We’re already done with this.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        You’re suffering from an extreme form of hater pareidolia. The flop warning that you so desperately wanted to come down from the league – isn’t. Time for you to give it a rest.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        When did I say Lebron should get a flop warning from the league?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        Back when it happened. Don’t play games with me. I’m smarter than you – I can read your mind.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        “Back when it happened.”

        I stated he flopped, because he did. Nothing about the league giving him a warning.

        “Don’t play games with me. I’m smarter than you – I can read your mind.”

        Oh boy you’re on to me. I’ve been mocking your biased opinion using your own quotes just with a different spin. He has it all figured out!! Took you long enough…

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Yeah, you think you’re doing a decent job of mocking… but, really it’s a meh effort.

        In any case, on this topic you’ve be proven wrong. Time for both of us to move on.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        Except, you know, you haven’t proven me wrong. You’re too biased and not smart enough to do so.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        It was reviewed by a system that has been aggressive in cracking down on flops – we see warnings and fines every day – and it’s the same system that has fined and warned LeBron James before. There would be no reason for them to hesitate to warn or fine LeBron again, unless you want to delve into conspiracy theories, which is certainly not beneath your intellectual level.

        But this simply does not fit the requirements of a flop, and certainly not an egregious one.

        Now, fortunately for me, there exists on “paper” – somewhere – the fact that this play was logged, checked and cleared. You are left with nothing but an emotional plea. So in that sense you have effectively been proven wrong.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Interesting.

        Coming from the guy that’s called out other players for flopping when they haven’t been issued a warning. You have said Lance Stephenson flopped on a foul called on Lebron. No league warning was issued on that play.

        Are you saying you are a liar, hypocrite, or that the league doesn’t issue warnings on every flop?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Did that Stephenson play also get blown up online and in every sports outlet in the country or was I the only person that you’ve seen who even noticed it?

        If the league was aware of that play he would’ve been issued a warning. The league is well aware of this LeBron-Monroe play.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        LebronLuver,

        You can’t have it both ways just because you are totally unobjective and biased towards Lebron. It’s convenient to believe an opinion when you’re as biased as you are but it’s not intelligent.

        Same with almost all your arguments you have another empty excuse that’s convenient for your opinion.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        I’m not having it both ways. Lance Stephenson is a relative nobody. LeBron James is under constant scrutiny – he is not allowed to get away with even shifting the location of his headband by half an inch.

        Your desire to be critical towards LeBron is stronger than any bias I may have.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        “Your desire to be critical towards LeBron is stronger than any bias I may have.”

        Riiight. It’s because all my comments are attacking Lebron as a player and not your bandwagon comments. You really are a fool.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Name calling? Nice. Good luck with that.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        You’re so predictable it’s pathetic. This coming from the guy that sent me this:

        “which is certainly not beneath your intellectual level.”

        Another hipocritical comment from the the front running bandwagon fan.

        You can consider this crusade ended since you can’t keep up.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Nope. I’m done with you. Have a nice weekend.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Nope. I was already done with you. Cheers.

      • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        And please try to help me understand this whole new level of ignorance/hypocrisy:

        “It was reviewed by a system that has been aggressive in cracking down on flops – we see warnings and fines every day – and it’s the same system that has fined and warned LeBron James before. There would be no reason for them to hesitate to warn or fine LeBron again, unless you want to delve into conspiracy theories, which is certainly not beneath your intellectual level.”

        And then you proceed with this:

        “If the league was aware of that play he would’ve been issued a warning. The league is well aware of this LeBron-Monroe play.”

        So which is it? They don’t review every play? You were just wrong about the Stephenson flop?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Jesus. It’s time for you to give this crusade up. I no longer have time for 150 word replies.

    • bougin89 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      I will point out another one of your horribly biased opinions though. You once said Chalmers was a “bulldog defender”. What is “bulldog” about this play?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        It’s unlikely that I would’ve used the term “bulldog defender” – so you could be talking about someone else.

        I may have said pitbull. Chalmers and Cole can be pitbulls at the point. They can harass a weak minded PG to tears. Or as Jeremy Lin said after once playing the Heat, “I can’t remember another game where it was hard to just take dribbles.”

        But there was nothing bulldoggy or pitbullish about this play. There is something between Chalmers and Griffin though – Chalmers is always picking on him.

    • jhuck92 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Are you denying the fact that he flopped?

      • antistratfordian - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        It doesn’t exist anywhere in the universe as a factual flop. Just because you want it to be so doesn’t make it so. In any case, the flop police have reviewed it and they agree with me and disagree with you.

        Cry more about it if you want to.

  3. cantonbound13 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Still no fine for the 2 flops by LeBron highlighted on this site, shocker! Daddy Stern still protecting his beloved Heat even through retirement.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      You’re still a peabrain loser thanks to your parents.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        You’re still a redneck waste!

  4. miamatt - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    And he’d do it again, as he should.

    It drew a foul against the best player on the floor for the Clippers, who happened to be in the midst of a great game.

    Worth it every time.

    • tridecagon - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      That’s why the penalty for flopping needs to be jacked up to, I dunno, bigger fines for the first time, and a suspension for a repeat offender.

      I like sports and I like acting, but I’d like to keep the two separated, thanks. Reward athletes for athleticism, not for fooling the officials.

  5. hatesofties - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Plays like this are not basketball. They are pure, utter bs! If I were in a game and this happened to me more than once, I would take the fine/suspension/ejection and just lay the guy out, then say “THAT is real contact!”.

    The NBA needs to take serious measures to get this crap out of the game. If this trend continues in the NBA, then it’s going to be like MMA turning into WWE. I barely watch games now as it is because calls like this make me lose my mind, if it gets worse than I don’t know if I could even read about the NBA anymore!

  6. jerdogthompson - Feb 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Charmers is a little be-aach and this only proves it. He’s a punk that’s gonna get punked when he try’s this on someone one day. Don’t worry it will happen.

  7. cantonbound13 - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Team full of pansies that just flip & complain. Change the name to the Miami Flamers.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      You don’t need to practice being a peabrain loser; your parents instilled that in you forever.

      • cantonbound13 - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        STFU & watch your Flamers & NASCAR

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I love it when Frank Vogel yells “FLOP” from the sidelines.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    And didn’t the Clips have 42 free throws in that game (to the Heat’s 26)? Did the Heat become THAT bad at defense in one day that they couldn’t defend without fouling that many times? Or do you think that the Clips may have sold one or two calls? I don’t know. If Blake Griffin hits me lightly in the throat with his arm, I might have a reaction to it.

    And JVG has never seen the Heat get fouled. “That’s Nothing” should be a drinking game. Every time the Heats opponent gets called for a foul, JVG says “That’s Nothing”. Everybody drinks. You’ll be passed out by the 3rd quarter.

  10. antianarxi - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    they should make a movie on the Heat……Meet the Flopers

  11. jhuck92 - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Joakim Noah blatantly curses out refs and is slapped with a $15,000 fine the next day. LeBron double-flops the same night and has yet to received a warning.

    Adam Silver is going to have to be a little more proactive than Stern about low-level cheating.

  12. bhunter1995 - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Technical fouls should be given for flops, coaches should get two flop challenges per first 46 minutes and two more in the last two minutes if the refs don’t catch a flop and the coach does. Then the refs can slow it down on replay and make a more informed call. Screw fining for flops players don’t care about a few thousand here or there. Make flopping hurt the team of the flopper T the flopper up and give the other team a free throw.

  13. ncrdbl1 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    NBA rules state that non stars may not flop. Flopping is the reserved right of star players only. The irony is he gets fined because of a flop he had while guarding the top flopper in the NBA. Has Griffin or James even had a single flop call on them all years. New commissioner same ole bull crap.

  14. ncrdbl1 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Wasn’t even a flop. Griffin arm was clearly up against head area. If anything should have been flagrant foul instead of simple foul.

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