Gawker links to an item in the Post today where Knicks beat reporter Marc Berman writes how he was restrained by Madison Square Garden security after he tried to talk to a fan who had been ejected from last night’s game. Berman wrote:
Security refused to let the reporters talk to the fan as he was being escorted out of the building and restrained two of them, ripping the press credential off this reporter.
Berman told Media Mob this afternoon that the other reporter restrained was David Waldstein of the Star-Ledger (a paper that dropped the Knicks as a regular beat this season and only occassionally covers the team). Berman said that "six or seven" security guards came swarming, "like offensive lineman trying to impede us from getting to the quarterback."
Berman said that PR honcho Jonathan Supranowitz asked if he was OK after the melee–Berman said he was–and asked if he was writing about it. "He never apologized," said Mr. Berman.
Berman also said that he’s frequently asked about the story in the Observer that chronicled the hellish work conditions for Knicks reporters, and that a New York Magazine reporter has been talking to the Knicks-beat guys recently–and is planning a west-coast trip–for a similar story.