NHL condemns Mike Milbury for ‘insulting’ comments about women

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The NHL condemned what it called the “insensitive and insulting” comments analyst Mike Milbury made about women on an NBC show Thursday night, saying they did not reflect “the value and the ‘league commitment to making our game more inclusive and welcoming to all ”.Milbury and analyst Brian Boucher were discussing the benefits of the NHL playoff bubble when broadcasting the Islanders’ decisive win over the Capitals.

“If you think about it, it’s a great environment as far as – if you like to play and like to be with your teammates for long stretches of time, it’s a perfect place,” said Boucher.

“Not even a woman here to disturb your concentration,” Milbury replied.

In a statement, the NHL called the comment “insensitive and insulting” and said it raised its concerns to NBC, the league’s US television rights partner.

In a statement released by NBC Sports, Milbury apologized for the comment on Friday.

“It was not my intention to disrespect anyone,” Milbury said in the statement. “I was trying to be irreverent and I went too far. It was an unfortunate mistake that I take seriously. ”

NBC Sports said through a spokesperson that it was disappointed with Milbury’s “insensitive comment” and would speak with him about it.

This is not the first time Milbury, 68, has been accused of insensitive comments about women on the shows. In 2012, he said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma should have “taken off her skirt and gone over there” in an in-game brawl. In 2011, Milbury called Canucks players Daniel and Henrik Sedin from “Thelma and Louise”.

“He made a bad comment about us, calling us women,” Daniel Sedin said at the time. “I don’t know how he looks at women. I would be pretty angry if I were a woman. “

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