Frank Vogel Fined $15,000 for Calling Heat Floppers, Advising Refs to Call the Game Accordingly

The other day, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the Heat were a bunch of flopping floppers who flop more than anyone has ever flopped before. Basically. Chris Tomasson on Fox Sports reported the following.

“It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward,” Vogel told the media today “…Every drive to the basket they have guys not making a play on the ball. But sliding in front of drivers. Often times they’re falling down even before contact is even being made. It’ll be interesting to see how the series is officiated.”

Now, the NBA has lightened Vogel’s pockets 15 large for giving the refs pre-series advice on how to do their job. “Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has been fined $15,000 for his comments about how the referees should officiate the Pacers’ upcoming series with the Heat,” said the league in a statement.

Alan Hahn of the Knicks’ MSG Network had this reaction to the fine.

NBA fined Pacers coach Frank Vogel $15K for saying exactly what we’re all thinking.


Tags: Frank Vogel LeBron James Miami Heat Pacers Vs. Heat 2012 Playoffs

  • NoLookPass

    So Frank lost 15K and more than likely the refs are going to stick it to us even harder now after getting called out by a head coach with 1 full year in the league. Phil Jackson could pull stunts like this and have it work but he had a resume as a player in the league for over a decade and was a wildly successful coach on top of always having his own star players to get calls.

  • Pace

    He should challenge that fine. He was fined for commenting on how the refs should officiate the series but he never said anything about how they “should” do it. He just said it “would be interesting” to see how they officiate the game.

  • BR

    Wow……. this is absurd.

  • andrew

    No, he’ll let the fine stick. He spoke the truth and basically said what everyone thinks and knows, whether Heat fans or haters. If he challenges it, nothing goods comes from it but more media attention, which has a 50/50 chance of it working against him. He’ll be known for this for the rest of his life. He’s gonna have the league on blast for calling for poor officiating and putting LeBron in a negative spotlight

  • Coolwind23

    In other words, death to freedom of speaking in NBA. This is a free country. So David Stern, FUCK YOU. FUCK YOU for all your FUCKING BULLSHIT $15,000 fined. You can take the FUCKING MONEY and buy foods and clothes for your bitches wife and kid. Might as well that you die of heart attack while FUCKING your wife.

  • Realist

    I’m starting to get pretty nervous. Anyone else?

  • dwain

    until the front office in the NBA deals with this issue, it will haunt them and the league. there are so many negative things about the NBA that turn fans off, how can they just leave this one hanging over the game like a shroud? Nation wide fans and coaches are screaming for an end to flopping, all they have to do is let the refs call it what it is, unsportsman like conduct foul. Fix it Stern or watch it kill the game u say u support and love….better refs wouldn’t hurt too

  • Joshua

    I do believe the heat flop but in the picture you could see tyson leaving his feet to deliver the blow. Lebron did exaggerate his fall but make no mistake, it hurt. its obviously an illegal pick.

  • Ian

    Yeah I agree that gif is not the best example of a flop.

    I don’t think this hurts the Pacers at all. This kind of mind-games stuff sometimes works. The refs will now be in the spotlight and may be concerned about confirming what Vogel said if they call too many charges.

  • dwain

    well it lasted for a whole half…for a 120,000$ fine perhaps coach V can help his team win the series?

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