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Milbury apologizes for comment about women, league condemns remarks

Last Updated Aug 21, 2020 at 3:14 pm PDT

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, second left, and teammates watch the final minute of the third period against the New York Islanders of an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Summary

NBC analyst Mike Milbury has apologized after saying a perk of the NHL bubble is there are no women to distract players

The comment was made Thursday night a broadcast of an Islanders and Capitals game

The NHL has condemned Milbury's remarks

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An American hockey analyst is facing backlash for a comment he made about women and the NHL bubble.

Thursday night, NBC analyst Mike Milbury suggested a perk to the bubbles to his co-host, John Forslund.

“If you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it’s a perfect place. [There’s] not even any women here to disrupt your concentration.”

The comments were made during the broadcast of the New York Islanders’ 4 – 0 win over the Washington Capitals, quickly sparking condemnation from people online.

Milbury has since apologized for the comments.

“It was not my intention to disrespect anyone,” Milbury says 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, adding Milbury will not be working Friday night.

But the NHL took to Twitter for its response on Milbury’s remarks


“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.”

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.