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

03:51  23 august  2020
03:51  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

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

NHL analyst Mike Milbury will not be part of NBC Sports' broadcasts for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the wake of a misogynistic comment he delivered on a broadcast Thursday.

"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.

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NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury said Saturday that he won't be calling anymore Stanley Cup “In light of the attention caused by my recent remark, I have decided to step away from my role at NBC NBC Sports said Friday while pulling him from that night’s Flyers-Canadiens games that they were

"The National Hockey League condemns in 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

"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."

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."

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Former coach and NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury apologized Friday for saying during a playoff game broadcast that there weren't women in the NHL New York Islanders' general manager Mike Milbury talks to the media after team owner Charles Wang announced that Milbury will step aside as

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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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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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“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 league said. “The comment did not reflect the NHL ’s values and commitment to making our game more inclusive

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Hockey analyst Mike Milbury is once again facing criticism for comments he made on air during " NHL on It was not my intention to disrespect anyone. I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far. NBC Sports and the NHL released their statements after many voiced their concerns about the

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Broadcasting booths need more diversity to help prevent Brennaman, Milbury incidents from happening again .
Last week, they brought antiquated ideas to their respective booths, too. On consecutive nights, Thom Brennaman of Fox Sports Ohio was caught using a gay slur on a hot mic during a Cincinnati Reds game, and Mike Milbury said the NHL’s bubble plan has benefited from the fact there are no women to “disrupt [the] concentration” of players during a playoff game broadcast on NBC Sports. Unfortunately though, for as out-of-touch as those comments are, they’re emblematic of a sports broadcasting industry that in too many corners is still clinging to old ideas of what it means to talk about (male) athletes on the air.

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