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Mike Milbury will not face criminal charges

Dec 23, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

Mike Milbury

Former NHL player and current hockey analyst Mike Milbury will not face any charges over a reported incident that took place during a youth hockey game earlier this month.

Milbury’s attorney, Mark Berthiaume, said that a clerk magistrate at Brookline District Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to move ahead, and that the case has been thrown out.

“It was an unfortunate misunderstanding,” Milbury told reporters. “We’re pleased with the court’s ruling.”

Milbury is a hockey analyst for NBC, CBC and NESN.

  1. stakex - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    And this is why you don’t pile on a guy until you know the facts behind the situation. People these days are so damn eager to call the cops and press charges for EVERYTHING. Milbury was likely just breaking up a fight between two kids as he said, and the other parent didn’t like how he did it and called the cops. Thats just how people are these days, and just because someone is arrested for something does not mean they are actually guilty.

    Everyone was screaming for his head when it was first announced that he was “arrested for assault on a minor”, even when no one knew what had happened. Now that it was thrown out, we know nothing probably happened. I think everyone who was screaming for his head should be ashamed of themselves.

    • phillyphever - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Nope, didn’t like him before, STILL don’t like him. Get his ass out of TV NBC.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      Nope, I’m not ashamed and I will continue to scream for this guy’s head. I’ve been doing so for quite a while, since long before this incident. He’s the most unfortunate part of any HNIC broadcast. He needs to go.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      Those of us “screaming for his head” weren’t wanting to get him arrested, we were hoping to get him fired. It was hardly a not guilty verdict to say nothing happened, but he’s so bad on CBC and NBC for hockey broadcasts I fast forward whenever he’s on.

      I wonder if you should be painted with the same brush you rally against for assuming and generalizing that all of us were out for blood on a case we knew very little about.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:15 PM

        My thoughts exactly!

  2. jpelle82 - Dec 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    figured this would happen. lets just keep it behind the bench from now on mike.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      Who would downvote this? Seriously, he SHOULD stay behind the bench. It’s not the coach’s job to jump out on the ice and get involved. Even if he didn’t assault a kid, and in my opinion, we don’t know enough to say either way what happened there, coaches should not be getting involved on the ice. It’s exceptionally rare when an NHL coach does, and it’s never framed positively. Leave the on-ice business to your skaters and focus on your own job. A coach’s place is on the bench.

  3. habsman - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    This is no surprise. Even ex Bruins are generally above the rules and not subjected to suspensions.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      … says the Canadiens fan.

      … please don’t start a criminal investigation into me for saying that. D:

      • govtminion - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        Quick! Say it in French and he’ll forgive you!

  4. dougr42 - Dec 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    I am glad he has been cleared of something that seemed to be seriously blown out of perspective from the start. Unfortunately this means he’ll be back on the air soon.

    Milbury is arrogant, short-sighted, ill-tempered and uncompromising. He offers nothing constructive to the business of analyzing hockey. He is a caricature of a dying perspective on the sport. Milbury detracts from the fun and informative value of any broadcast he is on. NBC should replace him with someone who fans want to hear from and save me the aggravation of having to yell at my TV every time he says something barbarically stupid.

    I am no hockey expert. But I know enough to say that neither is Mike Milbury.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      Love the last line!

  5. pastabelly - Dec 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Hopefully, this won’t cost him his tv jobs. Sounds like someone who didn’t like him wanted to bring him down a notch. There’s probably a reason that guy’s son went after Milbury’s kid.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      If Milbury’s son is anything like his dad I don’t blame the other kid for going after him. On the contrary, I was hoping and still am hoping this costs him the TV jobs he shouldn’t even have in the first place.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM

      I hardly think someone saw this as an opportunity to bring him down a notch, or get him fired from TV. As has been said by many since the start, parents are more than willing to stand up against something when it involves their kids, and this seemed like a little more than just him holding the kids apart. Knowing Mike, he was likely more than a little upset at the kid for being an ass all game and gave him a few choice words that were over the top, but not really illegal.

  6. pens919209 - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Wait, he was arrested for assault on a minor? I thought they’d finally brought charges against him for his crimes against the New York Islanders when he was their GM.

    • govtminion - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      I think they’re waiting until the state decides on whether or not the death penalty is acceptable for the crime. In a place like Montreal or Minnesota, he’d have been drawn and quartered already for pooching the team that badly.

  7. bcjim - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    lets hope he put his best foot forward from now on…

    or he’ll be cooling his heels for sure next time.

  8. tommytd - Dec 24, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    This guy is arrogant and full of himself…I hope NBC sits his ass permanently.

  9. cowboyscanada - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Milbury is a moron! How much did they pay off the family??

  10. obsolete777 - Dec 24, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Don’t like Milbury on TV? Too bad. Go watch tennis instead. He’s one of the best analysts around, and people cheering on his arrest so he loses his job are pathetic and need to have their TV’s disconnected.

    • warpstonebc - Dec 25, 2011 at 2:15 AM

      LOL, what exactly does Milbury “analyze”?

      Seriously, all he does is react with whatever is at the top of his little mind. There’s not a lot of deep thought about anything going on there.

      Have you looked at his record in “analyzing” when it mattered? He’s quite possibly one of the worst GMs in history. Unlike armchair analysts, he’s actually proven he’s incompetent at forming correct opinions about hockey.

      He’s the Matt Millen of the NHL’s analyst circuit!

  11. jimeejohnson - Dec 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    He didn’t even use his OWN shoe when he beat on that sucker in New Yawk! I’ll never forgive him for that (yeah right).

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