* First there was planking, then there was Tebowing, Kaepernicking, and Dufnering.
And now we have the newest viral verb – LeBroning!
In the latest viral video fad, people are taking Miami Heat star LeBron James‘ habit of flopping on the floor, during NBA games, into the real world.
LeBroning is when a person throws them self on the floor after lightly being brushed by another person and then making an angry facial expression claiming it is the other persons fault, that you are on the ground.
Click here to see a compilation of James’ greatest flops.
Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy) just released a video of himself LeBroning to “Panic! At the Disco.” And YouTube has already created a collection of the best LeBroning videos.
“You’re just trying to get the advantage,” James said when asked about the NBA’s anti-flopping rules. “Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it.”
According to the NBA, flopping is “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.” A punishable act costing first-time floppers a warning and second-timers a $5,000 fine. Last May, during a game against the Indiana Pacers, James was one of three players hit with the fine.
The Heat forward is no stranger to being mocked. People have teased him for wearing his headband, higher up on his forehead than any player in the NBA, for tossing his chalk high in the air before games, and for his proclamations about the number of titles Miami would win with him, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
So, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Tell us what you think.