NBC Sports Benches NHL Analyst Mike Milbury For Remainder Of Stanley Cup Playoffs After “Insulting” Comments About Women
Former NHL player and coach Mike Milbury has been sidelined for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after comments he made about women Thursday night on the NBC Sports Network.
Mike Milbury, who works as an analyst for the network, was on air during the Washington Capitals-New York Islanders game speaking with co-host Brian Boucher about the success of the NHL’s bubble during the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you think about it, it’s a terrific environment with regard to — if you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it’s a perfect place,” Boucher said.
“Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration,” Milbury replied.
The comment was clipped and shared on social media by a woman named Alison. The footage has garnered 2.3 million views so far.
NBC Sports PR posted a statement from Milbury in which he says, “I have decided to step away from my role at NBC Sports for the remainder of the StanleyCupPlayoffs.”
In a statement to The Washington Post, NBC Sports said it was “disappointed about Mike’s insensitive comment.” According to the post, Milbury apologized for the comment.
The NHL posted a statement on Twitter calling Milbury’s remark “insensitive and insulting.”
Milbury has in the past made numerous misguided remarks about gender, sexuality and sexual assault.
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