NEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has slapped Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan with a $100,000 fine for comments about the league's labour dispute, ESPN reported Monday.

The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the collective bargaining process. League spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty but declined to comment on the amount of the fine.

In an interview last month with Australia's Herald Sun, Jordan said the NBA's current model was "broken" and called for revenue sharing for small-market teams.

Jordan added he feels "owners are not going to move off what we feel is very necessary for us to get a deal in place where we can coexist as partners."

A lockout of the players by the owners began on July 1.