NHL condemns ‘insensitive and insulting’ comment made by Mike Milbury

Former coach and NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury apologized Friday for saying during a playoff game broadcast that there weren’t women in the NHL bubble to disrupt anyone’s concentration.

The comments were made during Thursday night’s game between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. During a discussion among the broadcasters about the environment in the bubble, Milbury said there are “not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.”

In response to the comments, NBC Sports pulled Milbury from its Friday broadcast of Canadiens-Flyers according to multiple reports.

The 24-team playoffs are being staged entirely in limited-access arenas and hotels in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.

“It was not my intention to disrespect anyone,” Milbury said in a statement released by NBC. “I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far. It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously.”

NBC Sports said in a statement that they were disappointed in Milbury’s comment and have addressed it with him.

NHL statement

The NHL issued a statement Friday saying Milbury’s comments did not reflect the league’s values.

“The National Hockey League condemns the insensitive and insulting comment that Mike Milbury made during last night’s broadcast and we have communicated our feelings to NBC. The comment did not reflect the NHL’s values and commitment to making our game more inclusive and welcoming to all.”

NBC Sports made its feelings known to Milbury, The Washington Post reported.

“[The network is] disappointed about Mike’s insensitive comment and have addressed it with him.”

Milbury earlier this month also received criticism when he took exception to Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask opting out because he wanted to spend time with his family.

Last year, NBC Sports suspended former NHL forward and commentator Jeremy Roenick for making inappropriate comments about coworkers and former NHL coach Don Cherry was fired by Rogers Sportsnet over an anti-immigrant rant on the air. Earlier this week, Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman was suspended after making homophobic comments during a game.

Original article: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/nhl-condemns-mike-milbury-insensitive-insulting-comment-1.5695564?cmp=rss

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