National Basketball Association fines Knicks $50K for rules violation

James Dolan Knicks

James Dolan Knicks

The News, which has always been critical of the Knicks and owner James Dolan, apparently had its reporters banned from participating in a press conference to introduce picks R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis on Friday afternoon.

Early on Monday afternoon, the NBA announced they have fined the New York Knicks $50,000 for violating the league's media policy last week following the 2019 NBA Draft. The Daily News was the only organization not credentialed for the news conference on Friday, June 21. The NBA clearly believes their relationship with the press is of paramount importance; while the severity of this fine is nothing more than a light slap on the wrist for a multi-billion dollar franchise, it's a clear warning to James Dolan.

This is not the first time that the Knicks and owner James Dolan have had problems with the press, specifically the Daily News.

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The Knicks statement on the matter: "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". They add that they'll continue to provide access to credentialed media heading forward.

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. "Members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association support our Daily News colleagues, and we condemn the Knicks' attempts to hinder journalists' ability to do their jobs and inform the public".

When asked by the paper why Bondy was banned, a representative for the team said, "It was invitation only".

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