NHL condemns announcer Mike Milbury's insensitive comment about women
Hockey announcer Mike Milbury is under fire for a comment that he made about women on NBC while covering the Islanders vs. Capitals game on Thursday evening.
The American former pro hockey player was responding to co-host John Forslund's musings on the environment of the NHL bubble.
"If you think about it, it's a terrific environment with regard to — if you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it's a perfect place," Forslund said.
Milbury responded, "Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration."
It’s 2020, and yet... 🤯 pic.twitter.com/d74TMlhkkP— Alison (@AlisonL) August 21, 2020
Milbury's comment sparked with widespread backlash, with hundreds of people condemning the hockey announcer for what some are calling a display of disrespect, heteronormativity and sexism.
"I'm not usually one to call for someone’s head, but NBC needs to get rid of Mike Milbury," one person wrote. "Saying something like [that] is insane. It's 2020 and hockey fans are diversifying. They/we deserve better."
"What Milbury says here isn't just sexist, it's dangerous," another person chimed in. "Hockey culture already has enough of a problem re: seeing women as lesser than. Stuff like this is why assault accusations etc aren't taken seriously."
On Friday, the National Hockey League issued a statement condemning Milbury's comment, which the league called "insensitive and insulting."
A statement from the National Hockey League. pic.twitter.com/YCOTcoaK5l— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 21, 2020
Mike Milbury has since apologized for the remark in a statement to The Washington Post.
"I sincerely apologize for making the comment," Milbury said. "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."
It's still unclear what, if any, discipline Milbury will face.
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