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Sports Mike Milbury stepping away from NBC Sports role for rest of NHL playoffs after misogynistic comment

04:17  23 august  2020
04:17  23 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Mike Milbury is stepping away from his analyst role at NBC Sports for the rest of the NHL playoffs following a misogynistic comment he made on air. "In light of the attention caused by my recent remark, I have decided to step away from my role at NBC Sports for the remainder of the Stanley

NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury will be off the air for the remainder of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs , he said Saturday. Milbury said in a statement Ed Olczyk replaced him in the analyst role . NBC did not immediately announce broadcast teams for the second round of the playoffs , which

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Broadcaster Mike Milbury will not be calling games for NBC Sports for the remainder of the Stanley Cup “In light of the attention caused by my recent remark, I have decided to step away from my role at NBC Milbury apologized for the comment Friday through a statement released by NBC Sports .

"In light of the attention caused by my recent remark, I have decided to step away from my role at NBC Sports for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs," the 68-year-old Milbury said in a statement released Saturday.

"I do not want my presence to interfere with the athletes as they try to win the greatest trophy in sports.”

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In the waning minutes of the New York Islanders' win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday, the NBCSN crew on the call was discussing the benefits of the Toronto bubble.

"If you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it's a perfect place," analyst Brian Boucher said before Milbury interjected that there were "Not even any women here to disrupt ... your concentration."

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Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs after his on-air comment that there were no women in the league 's quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. The former player, coach and general manager released a statement through

Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs after his on-air comment that there were no women in the league 's quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. An NBC Sports spokesman confirmed it was Milbury 's decision to leave and

Mike Milbury wearing a suit and tie: NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury in 2014. © NBC NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury in 2014.

His remark was condemned by the NHL, who said Milbury's words were "insensitive and insulting" and that his comment does "not reflect the NHL's values and commitment to making our game more inclusive and welcoming to all."

Milbury was not part of the Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens broadcast Friday night, staged in Toronto. Earlier Friday, he released an apology.

"I sincerely apologize for making the comment," Milbury staid in a statement. "It was not my intention to disrespect anyone. I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far.

"It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously."

Milbury has been an NHL analyst for NBC Sports since 2008.

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Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs after his on-air comment that there were no women in the league 's quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. The former player, coach and general manager released a statement through

Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs after his on-air comment that there were no women in the quarantined bubble to An NBC Sports spokesman confirmed it was Milbury ’s decision to leave and that the analyst remains employed by the network.

OPINION: The NHL, NBC and hockey fans would be better off without Mike Milbury on air

The Massachusetts native was a defenseman for the Boston Bruins for 12 seasons (1975-87) — during which he infamously went into the Madison Square Garden stands during a 1979 brawl and hit a man with his own shoe. He later became head coach of the Bruins, guiding them to the 1990 Stanley Cup Final, before eventually moving on to a lengthy tenure as general manager of the Islanders.

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