In basketball,what is a flagrant foul


In basketball, a flagrant foul is a personal foul that involves excessive or violent contact that could injure the fouled player. A flagrant foul may be unintentional or purposeful; the latter type is also called an “intentional foul” in the NBA.However, most intentional fouls are not considered flagrant and fouling intentionally is an accepted tactic to regain possession of the ball with minimal time off the game clock.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) established the flagrant foul in the 1980-81 season and enacted proper penalties for it in 1990-91, to deter contact which, in addition to being against the rules, puts an opponent’s safety or health at risk.

The NBA defines two levels of flagrant fouls, “Flagrant 1” and “Flagrant 2”. Flagrant 2 has the additional element of “excessive” violence and results in the immediate ejection of the offender. Flagrant 1 does not result in the offender’s ejection unless the same player commits a second Flagrant 1 foul in the same game. Referees have discretion in determining which level to call.

Flagrant fouls over the course of the season can result in monetary fines and suspension, at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of the NBA



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