Mike Milbury, who works as an analyst for the network, was on air during the Washington Capitals-New York Islanders game and speaking with co-host Brian Boucher about the success of the NHL’s bubble during the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” Boucher said.
“Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration,” Milbury replied.
The comment was clipped and shared on social media by a woman named Alison. The footage has garnered 2.3 million views so far.
On Saturday, NBC Sports PR posted a statement from Milbury in which he says, “I have decided to step away from my role at NBC Sports for the remainder of the StanleyCupPlayoffs.”
In a statement to The Washington Post, NBC Sports said it was “disappointed about Mike’s insensitive comment.” According to the post, Milbury apologized for the comment.
The NHL posted a statement on Twitter calling Milbury’s remark “insensitive and insulting.”
Milbury has in the past made numerous misguided remarks about gender, sexuality and sexual assault.
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