LeBron James' habit of flopping, or overexaggerating a run-in on the court in order to induce a foul on the other team, has shifted into the newest social media craze as videos of people "LeBroning" go viral on Twitter, Vine, and YouTube.
For those who aren't familiar with LeBroning, it's defined by YouTube user "HotNewHipHop" as "the action of throwing yourself to the floor after a light brush by another player, person, or animal. Followed by an angry facial expression claiming it is not in any way your fault that you are on the ground."
The hilarious clips show kids LeBroning unsuspecting passers-by at the mall, in the hallways at school, and even at Walmart.
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The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy prior to the 2012-13 season, according to SportsIllustrated.com.
Players are given one free flopping warning during the regular season and are subject to a graduated scale of fines for any additional violations.
But James, the Miami Heat forward who recently collected his fourth NBA Most Valuable Player Award, is known for it, and was hit with a $5,000 fine for flopping during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last year. He later defended his actions.
"I don't need to flop," he told reporters after the game
. "I play an aggressive game. I don't flop. I’ve never been one of those guys."
LeBroning conjures memories of other viral social media crazes like Tebowing and the more recent Dufnering. Jason Dufner, the pro golfer who won the 2013 PGA Championship, had his own viral moment last year when a photo of him at a charity event spawned countless parodies. In the picture, Dufner was seen sitting with a group of kids at a community center looking extremely downtrodden
Here's a video montage of James' most memorable flops:
And here's a LeBroning compilation video:
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