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Collin Sexton assessed $2,000 fine for flopping

The fine was assessed to Sexton following Utah’s win against the Pelicans on Saturday.

New Orleans Pelicans v Utah Jazz Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

This morning, Utah guard Collin Sexton was assessed a $2,000 fine for flopping.

Upon league review, Sexton was charged for flopping during the Utah Jazz’s match against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 25. The violation occurred with nearly a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, where Sexton reacted to an off-ball screen set by Pelican center Cody Zeller. The NBA shared the news on X, the social medium site formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday morning.

It’s clear that Sexton exaggerated the contact. He almost comedically flails his arms and body backwards after colliding into the screening Zeller, and it's probably best if this type of behavior is legislated or fined out of the NBA. However, fines like these continue to beg the question of how the NBA can address instances of exaggerated contact in less obvious cases moving forward. Infamously, players like Joel Embiid exaggerate contact on a nightly basis and benefit from whistles that follow.

Nonetheless, this joins Jordan Clarkson’s infraction on Oct. 28 as the second flopping fine for a Jazz player this year, and the 13th the NBA has assessed this season.