2013 NBA Playoffs: LeBron James' Flopping Fine Pales In Comparison to Bar Bill Taxes

By Ryan Heckman
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA announced that Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has been fined $5,000 for violating the rule pertaining to ‘flopping.’ James’ flop was one of four fouls assessed on him in the fourth quarter of Game 4 on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers. He was visibly upset with eventually fouling out, seemingly not agreeing with the majority of the calls.

Fans everywhere and even some analysts have said that it’s about time James gets the treatment many other teams and players face when competing against the Heat. Whether it was the right or wrong call, James was slapped with a $5,000 fine for the incident.

Well, I can assure you one thing, the fine assessed to James will fail to draw any attention from the league MVP. As most would agree, $5,000 is not much for an NBA player and many would think that would not stop a player from flopping.

The reason why James is not likely to bat an eye at the fine? He has spent more than twice that amount in mere taxes on a bar tab in Las Vegas.

In 2011, James went wild at a Vegas club called Encore during one of his vacations. His final tab featured $9.00 Bud Lights, over $8,700 of Patron and nearly $60,000 spent on Cristal. The final tab: $171,937.53, including almost $13,000 in taxes. These facts brought to you via BroBible’s 2011 report.

So, there you have it. The flopping rule may have excited fans around the NBA when it was announced, but for commonly criticized guys like James, it pales in comparison to their everyday shenanigans.


Ryan Heckman is a writer for RantSports.com covering the NBA and NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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