NHL condemns Mike Milbury for ‘insulting’ remark about women

The NHL condemned the so-called “insensitive and insulting” remarks made by analyst Mike Milbury about women during an NBC broadcast on Thursday night, saying they did not reflect the value and commitment of the league to make our game more inclusive and hospitable. to make for all. “

Milbury and analyst Brian Boucher discuss the benefits of the NHL’s playoff bubble during the broadcast of the Iceland Series victory over the capitals.

“When you think about it, it’s a great environment – if you enjoy playing and enjoying long time with your teammates, it’s a perfect place,” Boucher said.

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

In a statement, the NHL called the remark “insensitive and insulting” and said it communicated its concerns to NBC, the league’s American television judge partner.

In a statement released via NBC Sports, Milbury asked Friday for comment.

“It was not my intention to respect anyone,” Milbury said in the statement. “I tried to be irreverent and took it a step too far. It was a sad mistake that I take seriously.”

NBC Sports said through a spokeswoman that it was disappointed with Milbury’s “insensitive remark” and would take it up with him.

This is not the first time the 68-year-old Milbury has been singled out for insensitive comments about women on broadcasts. In 2012, he said that Penguins coach Dan Bylsma “should have taken off his skirt and gone there” during a scuffle in the game. In 2011, Milbury named the players of Daniel and Henrik Sedin of Canucks as “Thelma and Louise.”

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