The network attributed its report to sources it said had knowledge of the situation.
The Herald Sun newspaper in Australia had quoted Jordan last month as saying revenue-sharing was needed in the league. He also mentioned Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who is from Australia.
The comments violated the league's gag rule on team owners and employees regarding discussion of the lockout or any players during the work stoppage, ESPN said. League officials had said in July violations of the ban could result in a fine of up to $1 million.