Mike Milbury Steps Down As NBC Analyst For Playoffs Over Comment About Women

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Mike Milbury is stepping away from his role as NHL analyst on NBC during the bubble playoffs, according to a statement released Saturday.

“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,” Milbury said in Saturday’s statement.

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

The comment came Thursday during a conversation with NHL on NBC co-host John Forslund, who was going through what makes the NHL bubble great and then the following conversation broke out.

“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.”

The NHL released a statement Friday condemning the remark, stating “the comment did not reflect the NHL’s values and commitment to making our game more inclusive and welcoming to all.” Milbury apologized Friday for his comment.

“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.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. That is just wrong he really didn’t say anything this stuff has gone too far and ruining peoples lives over nothing we need to lighten up a bit and not take everything so seriously sad.

  2. Ridiculous. Seems that today if you are Male, you are instantly wrong or made fun of.

    Freakin TV commercials make fun of White Men as if we are Clowns who were handed clothes and a wallet to just stand still and keep quiet.

    Women on Instagram are engineered to distract men and this guy is getting trashed for stating the obvious!!!?

    Ha!!! Good luck Ladies in Amazonia or wherever Wonder Woman is From. That’s the only place that feminizing men seems to work.

    • Kornheiser has been calling this out for years, it seems like every commercial or major network sitcom has to portray the white male fathers as bumbling idiots, who can’t communicate or do anything useful. It would be great to see Mr. Tony write for a site like this once he retires and is no longer under the Disney/ESPN censorship.

  3. More disingenuous, manufactured outrage from the feminist branch of the social justice mob. It was meant as a light, throwaway joke…which it was. But no, the Twitter warriors paint a poor, poor women narrative, who apparently only exist to distract a bunch of brutish, sexist (and probably racist & homophobic) men. We all know the spiel. But truthfully, any woman so thin-skinned as to be offended by such a comment probably needs some professional help to address self-esteem issues. And that goes double for any offended men.

    Of course, the NHL put out the standard issue, weasel PR statement. I was hoping Milbury would have called BS on this non-story, perhaps stating “I’m sorry if anyone was offended, but it was a joke. Every woman who knows me & my sense of humor knows my intent. Anyone sane person who heard it should know it was a joke. This PC garbage is insane. Get over it.” I assume he stepped down just to be done with the entire episode…which I can’t blame him.

  4. Oh my goodness. I asked Outkick for more NHL coverage. This is not what I wanted! Cancel culture strikes again. I suppose because I am a man I don’t see how he offended women. His apology sounds like he doesn’t understand what was so offensive either. I’m not a big fan of Milbury, but I don’t see why he was annihilated in the media for making a statement about being focused to win the greatest trophy in sports. Dark times we live in now. Cancel culture is an attack on free speech and its spreading. We need more people like Clay and the entire Outkick family to keep pushing back! Thanks Joe! Keep up the great work!

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