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Milbury denies allegations

Dec 16, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

Mike Milbury

With respect to today’s reported events, the following statement was released by Mike Milbury’s lawyer, Daniel Rabinovitz, on his client’s behalf:

“Mike Milbury denies any allegations that there was an assault of any kind. He simply intervened in an altercation between his son and an opposing player. No one was struck, no one was injured and no one was threatened.”

Update (5:05 p.m. ET): Statement from an NBC Sports Group spokesperson: “In our discussions with Mike, we both came to the conclusion that he should remain off the air while focusing on his affairs.”

  1. bowens3181 - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    He simply offered the kid his next 7 first round picks in exchange for not beating up his son. When informed that he did not in fact have any first round picks anymore because he is the second worst GM in NHL history (I’m looking at you, Brian Burke), he proceeded to throw his shoe at a 12 year old boy.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

      Since when does building Cup contenders and winners make you the worst GM in history?

    • elvispocomo - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      Even as a Canucks fan who’s happy Burke is gone, I find myself offended you would rate Milbury ahead of him! =O

  2. nhlbruins90 - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I know everybody loves to knock Milbury, and he is pompous and all, but if anybody was fighting with my niece, just put the cuffs on my now. I understand the urge to protect your kid, and there are some real bastard, bully kids out there.

    And in reality, Milbury probably only pulled the kids apart, and maybe called the kid a fat f**k and maybe said he’d kick his ass if he ever did it again. So what. Unfortunately, that gets you arrested these days. I guess all the real criminals are already locked up.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      I just hope whatever he actually did is enough to get him kicked of the air for good.

      • nhlbruins90 - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:15 PM

        If you don’t like him as a broadcaster, make your case for getting him off the air. Whatever this scuffle is about doesn’t have much to do with his broadcasting skills.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:39 AM

        He’s way too obnoxious and is just does not have a likeable personality. For some reason that’s not enough to get him kicked off the air, but maybe this incident will be.

      • nhlbruins90 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:05 AM

        Well, as a player, he was always the fan’s whipping boy, despite being a hometown guy. He does have an inflated ego. But that can be as much an asset in broadcasting as it is a liability. Likable doesn’t always mean interesting.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:19 AM

        He’s not interesting either. Like another poster said, he always has something negative to say and is insufferably pompous. There has to be someone better out there than him. Clearly the majority of fans, at least on this site, can’t stand him and with good reason.

      • nhlbruins90 - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

        He obviously has an inflated ego. He ate at a restaurant I worked at all the way back in the 80’s and he was just as pompous then as now. And yeah, the fans on this site clearly can’t stand the guy. His record as a GM was laughable. Somehow, he keeps popping up everywhere there’s hockey.

        He’s one of those guys you love to hate. I gotta think that’s part of the reason he’s always on TV. You hate him, but it only makes you pay a little more attention.

  3. pastabelly - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Here’s the video. Milbury took off the kid’s shoe and beat him up with it. Oops, seriously, that’s still a classic.

  4. habsman - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    As an ex Bruin, he won’t be subject to any suspension.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      Can the Bruins help it if the Canadians suck?

  5. 8man - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    I coached rec soccer for years. At the end of one of my games in 2001, a child on the opposing team began kicking kids on my team with his cleats up. Then he pursued two of them and began beating them with his fists. A parent, and ex-Navy man, and also a coach for another team for our league, ran out, grabbed the kid by his shirt and spun him to the ground. The ref simply stood there. The kids parents ran out, screaming this and that and we basically said, “Take him home now, or it’s going to get worse.”

    Anyhow, the parent/coach on my team had to appear before a rec review board. I asked why and said, “You have no policy on this. You have no process on what to do when a kid gets out of control. You can’t do or say anything until you do.” My response was really more about indicating how shortsighted the process was, in that even the ref clearly wanted no part of it, nor had any plan.

    Anyhow, the parent got suspended by the league. I can’t remember what happened to the kid, but it was and still remains, the most absurd memory I have in regards to rec soccer. Again, I reiterated how full of sh!t they were because the parent didn’t break any rules because there were none established on what to do. Apparently, there is nothing you can do when some child decides it’s time to just kick ass! Now in hockey, you’ve got skates and sticks. One can bludgeon and one can cut. It’s nothing to screw around with.

    I’ll say this. As a parent, if at any time you think your child is in danger, don’t wait and try to figure out what the right thing to do is. Just act, and protect your kid. Ask questions…or answer questions later.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      In this day and age, why would any parent volunteer to be a coach. Doesn’t seem worth the risk.

  6. marcel19 - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    I live in Canada and I am forced to watch and listen to Mike Millbury every Saturday night in the 2nd period intermission.I know I can switch channels but I like to hear what the other 3 pannelist have to say and Millbury being a pompous ass insults them even though they are respected experts in hockey.Now that Millbury has been removed from NBC I am hoping that CBC does the same.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:41 AM

      Exactly! He’s always trying being a jerk to try and draw them into arguments over everything. It’s brutal to listen to. Thankfully the other three are above him and his antics.

  7. jimeejohnson - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    He climbed over the glass to attack a fan and used the fan’s own shoe to beat him with. Mike Millbury is one guy who is ready to beat your brains in at all times. He’s an old time hockey guy and while I recognize pomposity I have to respect anyone who goes over the glass to beat on some NY loudmouth with his own shoe. Mike: you are one of a kind.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM

      You’ve got a funny idea about what deserves your respect.

  8. trbowman - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Does this mean his dumbass is going to be off my TV? Please NBC.

  9. dropthepuckeh - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Shocking to see the vultures rush to judgement in this tabloid culture. I’d rather have Milbury in my corner than any whiny b*tches here who watch free cable in the basement from their parents house. As a broadcaster there is none better currently in telling like it is. Hockey is about passion, honesty, and effort. Milbury embodies all of these. No wonder fans who embrace diving have a problem with him. I just love he still calls you out for he p#ssies you are.

    • trbowman - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:01 AM

      What are you, his mother? Jesus.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:22 AM

        Hockey is about winning, which Mike has never done

  10. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Classy. I guess you support beating children as well?

    • dropthepuckeh - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:39 PM

      Who beat a child? He broke up a fight involving his son and sent his own son off the ice. You guys are ready to convict someone who is very probably the victim of an over-zealous or opportunistic mother from Everett. If it turns out he is innocent are you going to say how awful the people are who falsely accused him? You should bc it’s just as bad as the allegations you are up in arms about.

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