The Knicks were fined $50,000 when they barred the New York Daily News from joining their post-draft press conference.
The Knicks have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s media policy following the NBA Draft, the league announced Monday.
NBA rules state that teams must allow equal access to all members of the media, but during Friday’s post-draft conference, the Knicks barred the New York Daily News from joining the conference.
According to the league, the Knicks have “agreed to comply with NBA Media Access Rules moving forward.”
The team released its own statement after the fine was announced, calling the situation a misunderstanding.
“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 said. “As we do throughout the year, we have and will continue to provide access to credentialed media as per the League’s policy.”
It’s not the first time the Knicks — specifically team owner James Dolan — and the media have had a public fued. Dolan recently prevented New York Daily News writer Stefan Bondy from calling in to a teleconference, saying some media members had it out for the team.
“There are certain journalists, right, that, you know, actually wish ill will towards the team,” Dolan said in March, via CBS Sports. “They don’t want to see the team win. They don’t want to see the team be successful. They have their own personal axes to grind. They come in with the intent of, I mean, they’ve never written a positive story about the team.”
The Knicks made headlines by selecting Duke star RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick Thursday and acquiring the 47th pick, Ignas Brazdeikis, in a trade with the Kings.