Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  23 responses

Frank Vogel Was Fined $15k for Saying the Heat Flop Too Much

Before losing to the Miami Heat in Game 1, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel was hit with a $15,000 fine for criticizing their flopping ways. From the Indy Star: “Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel is a little lighter in the wallet. The NBA fined Vogel $15,000 Saturday for his comments about how the ‘referees should officiate’ the upcoming playoff series against the Miami Heat. ‘(The Heat) are the biggest flopping team in the NBA,’ Vogel said to the media Thursday. ‘It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. Every drive to the basket, they have guys not making a play on the ball,’ Vogel continued, ‘but sliding in front of drivers. Oftentimes they’re falling down even before contact is even being made.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • dsleepy

    i understand protecting the refs with fines as the nba has done in recent years, but c’mon man…he was criticizing the other TEAM. he shouldn’t be fined for this

  • Vivi

    Frank Vogel was just telling the truth!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    woo….NBA looking suspect now, why didnt they fine Lionell Hollins for saying something similar. You cant do or say anything against the heat or the NBA will be after you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric


  • http://facebook Kobe

    I dont understand hes just telling what everybody else thinks. What happened to the freedom of speech. #DurantforMVP

  • Kilo

    Screw the NBA. The officatiing in this league sucks, and this kind of thing doesn’t help. I get they have a tough job, but alot of people have tough jobs and don’t stink as badly as the officals in the NBA do.

  • Roberto

    I think Mike Miller proved his point for him.

  • IndyB

    If the officials would let the starting 5 play, this would be a very competitive series. What ever happened to tough playoff basketball? I miss the early 90s officiating.

  • Cris

    Why so many Heat haters? I think you are just jealous.

  • Vinícius Manhães Andrade

    Ok, the NBA is sucking Miami so much at the point of taking sides? It isn’t like he “offended” the league, he went to a team, just like his, it’s totally out of sense to fine him. And I think like this, and I hate him!

  • D12FSU

    Wtf happened to freedom of speech?!?

  • TheTwoTimer

    I’m pretty sure if this same thing happened to the Lakers/Thunder/Celtics/Bulls, those who are criticizing the NBA for fining Vogel will pretty much turn on Vogel.

  • shutup

    There were some pretty good flops in game 1, not as much as in the Clippers Memphis game; but more than a handful that resulted in Miami free throws and Pacers foul trouble. And no I am not a Heat hater or Lebron hater and the furthest thing from a Pacer fan.

  • barnabusb

    Heat: 22 personal fouls.
    Pacers: 31 personal fouls.

    And game two will be closer, just to let everyone see how “fair” the refs are.

  • uhh

    Miami and LA have the best 6th man in the league (the officials)

    it’s rather obvious that the officials favor teams like miami and la everyone knows it… the nba makes more money when those teams advance so they’ll do what they can to ensure it.

    Pathetic… i’m now understanding why people follow college rather than pros.

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  • Sika.

    This is not the firt time that vogel spoke about other team,every time he loose he talk trash about other,making excuses doesn’t make he win,just play and try to beat miami.

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  • Jerome

    Pacers are gonna make this a series. With or without a healthy Bosh to play against.

  • charliewinning

    Nothing happened to freedom of speech, morons. Vogel wasn’t arrested for speaking his mind. No one said he broke any laws by expressing himself. Stop being so damn melodramatic with all the ‘freedom of speech talk’. Employers have the right to fine employees for breaking company policy. Vogel was criticising the officiating by insinuating that officials favor the Heat with bogus foul calls. Whether he’s right or wrong doesn’t negate the fact that he violated NBA policy. It’s really that simple.

  • james

    That`s what you call superstar calls.

  • barnabusb

    Boom. I was on point yesterday at 1:50 pm.

    Game 2 Heat: 22 personal fouls.
    Game 2 Pacers: 25 personal fouls. See? It was close! The refs aren’t biased at all! It’s sad that it can be predicted like that.