Discipline lies at the core of any sport of the world; therefore, every sport consists of some rules and regulations that keep its process ongoing smoothly. And such is the case for NBA as well which has its own established set of rules and player’s media availability is prominent among them. So, let’s find out more about media availability in NBA exploring Jimmy Butler incident.
Why Jimmy Butler slapped with $25K fine by NBA?
Jimmy Butler is a prominent basketball player who plays for Miami Heat. Lately, the NBA authority fined him $25k for violating the media availability policy of the NBA. According to the policy, NBA players have to remain available after games and sit in the hot interview seat to answer questions from the press and media.
On Sunday night’s Game 3, Miami Heat chopped down Boston Celtics in a 128-102 win. Moreover, Jimmy’s performance was also very impressive who scored 16 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. However, the player was absent in the post-game interviews.
He also couldn’t show any concrete reasons behind not showing up during the media presence of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 21. As a consequence, he has been fined $25k for breaking NBA laws and has to pay the amount to the authority.
The following has been released by the NBA. pic.twitter.com/AW4oKld2C5— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 23, 2023
Which NBA players are fined for media availability absence?
The Heat player isn’t the only one in the row to make such a violation. During the 2023 NBA Playoffs game, Memphis Grizzlies star Dillon Brooks was also fined $25k for his absence during a media availability after the game. Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations announced the sanction on Dillon.
It is very important for the players to be respectful of the sport’s rules and regulations as they have been established for their own welfare at large. In the case of Jimmy Butler’s act, an investigation is still going to find out why he made such a move of violating NBA policy.