As long as there are penalties, fouls and other rules to combat misconduct, flopping in its various forms will forever be part of sports.
If the potential competitive advantage gained from diving, faking an injury, or otherwise pretending that some physical transgression occurred, outweighs the risk of being definitively caught in the act, teams/athletes are going to seize it.
So, there are serial floppers, suspected floppers and all those who suffer from the scrutiny caused by the nefarious strategy. As leagues and sports organizations try to tamp down on the practice, the art of the flop is more important than ever before.
The best, while drawing the ire of opposing teams and fans, simply know how to straddle the line—doing just enough to turn a borderline play into a penalty on the other team. This is often described as being 'part of the game.'
However, some athletes—even the most exquisite of floppers—partake in a laughable charade that deserves punishment when caught and the ire of fans when effective.
These are the 20 worst flop attempts in sports.