NEW YORK – The NBA fined the New York Knicks $50,000 for failing to allow a New York Daily News reporter to attend a news conference introducing draft picks R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis.
All other credentialed media members covering the team were invited to attend the news conference, held Friday.
The league said Monday that the team has agreed to comply with NBA rules regarding media access in the future.
The team issued a statement shortly after the league’s announcement.
“The Knicks acknowledge that we did not comply with the NBA’s media policy, and made an error in interpreting Friday’s announcement as an invite only event,” the statement read. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the League’s policy.”
Team officials have been at odds with the Daily News in the past.
In December, the Knicks banned Daily News reporters from a news conference featuring president Steve Mills because of a headline reading “Do It” that accompanied a story about the possibility owner James Dolan would sell the team.
Editor’s Note: We had to double check two times on this story, as the $50,000 fine was such a measly amount. At first, we thought there was a typo and the proper fine might’ve been $500,000. That was not the case.
–Field Level Media