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Milbury apologizes for comments

Apr 3, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

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NBC analyst Mike Milbury has apologized to the Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans for comments he made Monday during an interview with Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia.

Milbury spoke with Penguins team president David Morehouse and issued an apology today.

“I reached out to David Morehouse and the Penguins about the comments I made yesterday on Philadelphia radio,” Milbury said. “In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Penguins organization and their fans.”

  1. govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    “In my defense, I made it nearly a month without sticking my foot in my mouth, and that means I’m making big improvements…”

  2. rtrmusic - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Milbury can use the hindsight excuse for a lot…

    “In hindsight, I realize that trading Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt and 1st round pick Alexei Yashin was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Islanders organization and their fans.”

    “In hindsight, I realize that assaulting a 12 year old hockey player was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to my son’s pee wee team and their fans.”

    • govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Ooooh, forgot about the Yashin thing. Yeah, he probably still deserves being tarred and feathered for that.

    • pepper2011 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      well he didn’t really assault anyone – there was a fight and as a coach he grabbed the other player to BREAK UP the fight and hr told him to calm down- Don’t let facts get in your way though…

      don’t think this guys dad saw $ signs do ya?

      • elvispocomo - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Even ignoring that, you have trading away Bertuzzi, McCabe and a 2rd for Linden as well as moving Jokinen and Luongo for Parrish and Kvasha to make room for the goalie of the future, Rick DiPietro.

        He’s an idiot no matter what way you slice it.

  3. phillyhatesyou - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    milbury is a d-bag however i dont know why he is apologizing for this. nothing he said was untrue.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Well, Bylsma wasn’t wearing a skirt at the time.

      Sidney Crosby hasn’t had 35 concussions.

      Tony Granato actually was a hell of a scrapper in his hay day, and he probably shouldn’t be encouraging coaches to fight when he works for the National TV partner for the NHL…

      As far as Crosby having a little punk in him… yeah, he does a little bit. But a lot of players do. Hartnell’s got a little punk, Ovie’s got a little punk, Kessell, Sharp, Zetteberg… they’ve got a chippiness and a physicality to them.

      • phillyhatesyou - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        obviously the skirt and the concussion part were exaggerations. bylsma did however hide behind his assistant. im not gonna lie saying tony granato was a hell of a scapper in his day made me laugh. even naming sharp and zetterberg in that group is just ridiculous. neither really rack up the hits or PIMs. i’ll give you the fact that ovie can be a punk too but he plays a much more phisical game than sidney crosby could even dream of. sid doesnt hit anyone he just hacks at people then runs away.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        He didn’t hide behind his assistant, he was standing right next to him – what was he going to do, shove him out of the way. Think for a second you putz.

        I notice you completely left out Hartnell as you were trying to explain away my points… that’s fine. I would also disagree with you discounting Z and Sharp because of lack of PIMs and Hits, when the same can be said for Crosby – I wasn’t denying that Crosby doesn’t have a little bit of a punk in him, but a ton of players do. On all teams. The difference is that Crosby is a world class player in addition to playing with that attitude.

        It amazes me that the same flyers fans that Crosby a wuss, or take shots at his toughness are also the ones who are all butt-hurt over a legal check… It’s unbelievable.

      • phillyhatesyou - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        i havent said a word about that vitale hit. i am actually perfectly fine with the hit. was the hit unnecessary? yes but so what. bylsma sent him out there to make a statement and he did. and he did it cleanly so i cant be mad about it. i am more pissed about the grossmann hit because that was not a clean hit and almost cost the flyers big. i love how you think dirty play is “playing with an attitude” especially when he doesnt like contact. sharp and zetterberg are no where near crosby in their level of dirty play. they are not even comparable in that regard. crosby with all his slashing or the cross check he laid on someone from behind sending him into the boards a week or so ago. its ridiculous. the worst part is the NHL lets him get away with it because he is their golden boy. yea hartnell plays with an edge which does get a little dirty at times but he also stands up for himself in a fight when someone comes after him for it something crosby knows nothing about. that is also part of hartnells role on the flyers to be the agitator. there is no reason for a player of crosby’s caliber to do the things he does on the ice. he wants to shy away from contact yet he will be the first guy to hit you from behind or break his stick over your leg. and i havent even gotten into crosby flopping. he looks like cristiano ronaldo out there with his dives. sid might be the greatest flopper of all time and he should be embarrassed about it.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

        What makes the hit unnecessary? There’s no such thing as an unnecessary hit unless a) it draws a penalty, or b) gives up a scoring chance. Otherwise you take that shot every time.

        Your bias is clearly getting the best of you as you continue to revise your language and points. You’re grasping at straws, trying to search for ways to explain away the fact that, as I posit, playing with an edge and playing dirty is more often than not a matter of perspective. You call Hartnell an agitator for doing similar things to what is being described by you and other people as dirty above. Find some consistency.

        Then all of a sudden you say Crosby shouldn’t have to do these things with a player of his caliber, then why should Hartnell, or Ovie, or any other hockey player. Because its a physical game, and a game with an edge – you scrap, you claw and you do what you can to win. It’s the same reason every team has enforcers and grinders. We just have a player who can do that while putting up 100 points.

  4. habsman - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    But he didn’t appologise to Crosby.

    I guess that olympic overtime goal still botheres Milbury.

    At least he isn’t attacking 12 year olds.

    • chizmo - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Also no direct apology to Bylsma for the skir…. wait…. where did my shoe go? GIVE IT BACK MIKE!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        If Mike tells you what you should be doing as a coach you should definitely do the opposite.

  5. GenoPringles - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Just get rid of this hack already. Even Filthy fans are smart enough to realize that this guy is a waste of sperm. I would rather discuss my favorite Rocky movie with Filthy fans than listen to this blowhole. Do the right thing NBC and can him.

    • mercyflush - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      Just because Pittsburgh is a filthy city doesn’t mean you should continue to call its fans filthy. Have a heart, it’s not necessarily their fault that they live in the worst city in the country.

      • turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Ah, spoken like a true Philthadelphian,
        City of Brothers On Drugs

        Homicide Data
        As of April 2, 2012
        2012 – 92
        2011 – 85
        2010 – 71
        2009 – 68
        2008 – 70
        2007 – 102

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      • turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        More Philthadelphia stats:

        •Unemployment Rate: 11.1%
        •Job growth in past 1 year: -4.83%

  6. pepper2011 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Yeah- Milbury has strong opinions, some I agree with some I don’t. He was right – Sid is a punk – who thinks he can do whatever he wants and not have any sort of retaliation. It’s the same feeling I get when I see PK Subban looking around like – “why did he hit me” cause your a d bag that’s why. If you are fragile; just stay away from the extra stuff. Your playing more than likely your first round matchup and hated rival and you don’t have the foresight to throw some guys out there who can take a hit or at least police the situation- it’s on your dan and we’re talking about VITALE – not Chris Nilan

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      I would agree. 99.99999% of the time he is a pompus windbag. He was dead right about Crosby. Stop the slashing cheap shots (your stick broke, eventually you will be penalized for it), and guys won’t take runs at you.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Every time there’s a post on here about Milbury there’s nothing but negativity towards him, as there should be. So how is it possible that he still has his job?

    • blastfurnaceknows - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      This is the real question here. It isn’t whether he is delusional, whether he is ignorant, whether he is an awful analyst, whether he was even worse when he worked for NHL teams, whether he is something less than a mature human being, whether the league has completely passed his vision of it by, or whether he is a coward who pees sitting down. The answer to each of those questions is obviously yes. The real question is why would the NHL or NBC allow him to be a mouthpiece for the league? Haven’t they been paying attention or do they truly not care about the league’s image?

  8. hockeyfan1701 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    He is such a tough guy, he sure knows it all. Maybe he can go back to beating on 12 year old’s.

    • pepper2011 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      • pepper2011 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        ‘No one was punched, kicked, or assaulted in any way. I know the ‘Mad Mike’ image that I have and all that. I love the game, I’m passionate about it, but I don’t smack kids around. I grabbed the other kid by the sweater to stop a fight and, yeah, I swore at him. That’s it. That’s what I did.”

        but yeah- who needs facts hockeyfan1701?

      • hockeyfan1701 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        That is good to hear. One thing to be an opinionated loud mouth on TV, but to be charge with assault is another. Thanks for posting the follow up. I wish the mainstream outlets would have posted the follow up.

      • turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Mad Mike Milbury’s swearing at a 12 year old shows he’s at about the same maturity as the kid he swore at. Not grown up enough to be on TV or represent the NHL and NBC for sure.

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      He would beat your ass one on one.

  9. GenoPringles - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Hey deadhippylovermojo, the world must be about to end, I finally agree with something you have said. Hate for Milbury can bring anyone together. Fire this bum!!! Soupcan 3:15

  10. broadstbully33 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    good for him he just became my favorite commentator. speak your mind and pity fans are mad cuz he’s right

  11. psufan220 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    He was quick to go on a Philthydelphia station and mock concussions when they have had enough of their own there to worry about. Then all of the so called hosts laughed about it, then he didn’t have the guts to even go on any Pittsburgh stations cause he’s a coward

  12. GenoPringles - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Don’t apologize to me lord terd, apologize to Soupcan Sid. Calling up management is a PR move to save his job. I don’t buy it. NBC needs the Franchise more than The Franchise needs NBC. The Pens should no longer allow these bums to profit from their greatness.

  13. bompster42 - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    SIDS is a cheap shot artist with the slashing and when somebody hits back he cries for a call

  14. bompster42 - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Sid is cheap shot artist with the slashing and then cries wolf when somebody hits back

  15. 1sportschica - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Milbury is an idiot. NBC needs to dump him now.

  16. sabatimus - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I was going to say “Pot, meet Kettle” but Milbury is MUCH more of a punk than Crosby…by comparison, Crosby isn’t a punk at all.

  17. twigsandberries - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I’m shocked ProHockeyTalk (which is owned by NBC) put this post up. Funny how this ‘controversy’ was MIA from the site until today..hell, even Florio wouldn’t have done that on Profootballtalk.

  18. jimw81 - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I heard his employers got an complaint from Gary Bettman after he heard these comments

  19. turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Anytime I see Mad Mike, it’s time to turn off the TV volume until game action resumes. Sorry advertisers, but he ruins your investment in the commercials because he’s a jerk and doesn’t deserve to be on the air. Send him back to Peewee’s where he can curse at 12 year olds.

  20. philly4lyfe - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    No need to apologize for speaking the truth.

  21. twigsandberries - Apr 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Wasn’t Philthy voted the #2 dirtiest city and Pittsburgh (not on the list) voted by Yahoo, Forbes, Rand McNally (and others) as the US’ most livable city the last few years? I could be wrong though

  22. iinformeduthusly - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    NBC and anyone employing this piece of garbage should be the one apologizing, how much is enough with him?
    What has he ever done in hockey to warrant so many chances?

  23. billobrienschindimple - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Mike might want to pack a lunch next time he has to do a broadcast in PGH. Not sure he could eat out without havibg his food messed with.

  24. turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Hardly an expert in his field:

    Coaching Record Regular Season
    GP 351
    W 146
    L 160
    T 45

    PTS% .480

    Maybe NBC could hire someone with a winning record to replace him…

  25. stakex - Apr 3, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I think what Milbury said was pretty damn true… not sure exactlly why hes apologizeing. We all know he meant it, and I would bet most people aside from Pens fans probably agree with him. Why have an analyst if your going to censor what he says? I guess the league can’t have anyone speaking ill of their golden boy and Bettmans buddies in Pittsburgh.

    You know what though, when your spear someone and then dive like a little girl when they give you a shot back…. then whine about it to the media afterwards, i would in fact call you a punk.

    • ejoanneb87 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      As a Pens fan, I have an issue with his “jest” about Sid and his “35 concussions”. That is something that should not even be joked about. My husband received a grade 2 concussion due to a car accident in 1997. His problems have turned our family upside down….it robbed me of the man I married (I had to adjust to a totally different tempered man with many health issues)….it robbed my children of the dad they knew at a tender young age!!! He had to fight for years to get disability due to the lasting health issues. I believe that Milbury should be appropriately punished by NBC due to his lack of conscience about serious health issues!!!!

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  27. lousmith238 - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    OK let’s check the stats:

    Sidney Crosby Mike Milbury

    Goals 220 49

    Assists 383 189

    Points 603 238

    Minutes 399 1552

    Beat up 0 1
    with a shoe

    Stanley Cup 2 0

    • bsebner - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      I really don’t know why NBC supports Milbury. In one interview he insults the face of hockey, one of the best run NHL organization in the league, a coach of the year, a coach half the players want to play for, half the human race and anyone who had struggled with head injuries, Can someone tell me why he is still at NBC. There are a lot of ex hockey players that would do a much better job. Even ESPN would have fired him.

  28. earlcampbellrules - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Milbury is a d-bag. Seriously, how does this guy have a job? I don’t get it. Unless his bosses have young kids. If so, they are probably worried about Milbury trying to fight them.

  29. id4joey - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Milbury is a loser. Look, if you’re going to mouth off like he did, then he should take the heat and stand up for what he said. He apologizes…. What a whoop. Get off the air and bring Cherry with you. L L L L

  30. turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    The advertisers, the NHL and NBC are the losers here. Every break from hockey action requires the MUTE button as long as Mad Mike is still employed. Sorry Peggy, but even your VISA commercials are eliminated while this jerk is still working for NBC Sports.

    • turnoffthetvvolume - Apr 3, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Discover Card, sorry. That shows you advertisers what happens when you MUTE the commercials.

  31. jkaflagg - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I remember when people used to call our top player a whiner and a punk….guy named Gretzky, you may have heard of him…..

    As a guy who failed to win a title as a player, coach or GM, I think Milbury has a little problem with guys like Crosby who actually got it done when the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold was on the line….

  32. fbothharbaughs - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    These inane comments coming from someone w/the smarts to deal Chara & a #1 for ALEXEI YASHIN. Or who claimed “badger” Bob Johnson the “professor of goonism”.

    Wonder why an ANALyst who was charged w/beating up a 12-year old in a youth hockey game has a job where people actually have to listen to the s**t that spews forth from his piehole…

  33. takingbovadasmoney - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Pretty sad when you have to apologize for telling the truth. Crosby has always ran his mouth and tried to play a chippy game. If you do that this is the eventual outcome, right or wrong. If he doesn’t want a 36th concussion he needs to change his ways.

  34. regularfan - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Mike Milbury should be fired for his comments about the Pittsburgh Penguins after their game with the Flyers. As an NBC Sports commentator I expect him to remain unbiased in his reporting. Expressing his personal hatred against any team or player through public media channels shows how unprofessional he is and how he is unable to control his emotions. He has tarnished the reputation of NBC Sports as a result of his hysterical outburst. Mr. Milbury is entitled to his personal opinions on any team or player, but he needs to keep it to himself. His post outburst apology rings hollow in my ears. His action is just another example of public figures saying whatever they want while on the job, knowing that if public opinion turns against them they can issue the “standard apology” as a form of retraction.

  35. spynnal - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Milbury’s apology was insufficient. He attacked two specific people in the rant, and his apologize mentioned neither individual.

    It is not his opinion on the coach and player that were offensive, but rather, his making light on concussions, which have plagued the sport, and his sexist remarks. 35 concussions and a skirt were unprofessional, juvenile comments.

    This man is not respected in hockey circles (look at his hockey resume closely), and reflects poorly on NBC.

  36. samcabee - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I will be sure to let the NBC sponsors know why Im not supporting them until Milbury is canned. Its one thing to express an opinion, its another thing to joke about someones health.

  37. matthewmacisaac - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    He shouldn’t apologize. He spoke his opinions to which he is entitled. I agree that Crosby is a punk. He cross checks and slashes because he knows the refs won’t do anything, yet cries when there is retaliation. Hartnell does cross the line at times but he stands up for himself and he gets sent to the box to pay for his indescretions. Vitale’s hit was clean (shoulder into the middle of Briere’s chest- Briere has to be more alert as to where the opponents are- Look no farther than Lindros as to what can happen if you aren’t alert). Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they’ve gone from elite and classy (Mario) to talented but scummy (Sid). It’s a huge drop off.

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