- A former NHL player and coach and current announcer for NBC’s coverage of the league is under fire for making a sexist comment on air.
- During Thursday’s broadcast of the New York Islanders 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Washington Capitals, Mike Milbury said the players’ isolated campus is beneficial because “not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration.”
- Social media users criticised Milbury for the remarks, which they deemed both misogynistic and factually incorrect.
- The NHL came out with a statement condemning his “insensitive and insulting comment.”
- The former Boston Bruin later apologised and said it was “not my intention to disrespect anyone.”
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For the second time in less than a week, a professional sports broadcaster finds themself in hot water.
Mike Milbury – a former NHL player and coach who has since worked as an announcer for “NHL on NBC” – is under fire for making a sexist comment on air during Thursday’s broadcast of the New York Islanders 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Washington Capitals.
In response to co-host John Forslund calling the NHL bubble “a terrific environment” for players to enjoy time with their teammates and focus on the game, Milbury agreed and added: “Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration.”
It’s 2020, and yet… ???? pic.twitter.com/d74TMlhkkP
— Alison (@AlisonL) August 21, 2020
A clip of their exchange began to circulate on social media late Thursday night into Friday. Many people criticised Milbury for implicitly objectifying women and incorrectly claiming that there are no women in the NHL bubble.
On Friday, the league came out with a statement condemning the broadcaster’s “insensitive and insulting comment.”
A statement from the National Hockey League. pic.twitter.com/YCOTcoaK5l
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 21, 2020
Milbury’s employers at NBC Sports also called his remark “insensitive” in their own statment and claimed to “have addressed it” with the analyst. The former Boston Bruin added that “it was not my intention to disrespect anyone.”
“I sincerely apologise for making the comment,” Milbury said. “I was trying to be irreverent and took it a step too far. It was a regrettable mistake that I take seriously.”
NBC Sports says, “We’re disappointed about Mike’s insensitive comment and have addressed it with him.”
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 21, 2020
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