Yesterday, NBC’s “NHL on NBC” hockey analyst Mike Milbury stirred the Pittsburgh Penguins / Philadelphia Flyers pot a little more with statements he made against Sidney Crosby and head coach Dan Bylsma.
While on Philadelphia Sports Radio 94WIP, Milbury made the following statements:
“It’s not totally uncommon,” Milbury said of Laviolette’s behavior at the end of the game. “I can remember being on such a perch, or at least trying to climb over the boards to get at somebody to make a point. And I thought Dan Bylsma should have taken off his skirt and gone over there,” he said.
“So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into this scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff.’ He couldn’t help himself because there’s a little punk in Crosby. He’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I’d say screw him, hit him,” he said.
Classy, right? It’s honestly something I’ve come to expect from Milbury. I’ve learned to turn him off only because he’s Don Cherry-esque in his statements on fighting, etc., and I believe he may do it for the same reason that Cherry does it - for a reaction (and he certainly got that).
Although, I highly doubt that his thoughtless statements echoed any opinion of his employer, NBC, since he issued an apology earlier today through the following statement (however ingenuine it was):
“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.”
Gee, thanks Mike, I’ve been waiting for that all day (NOT!). I wonder how the Penguins organization feels after talking with him. I have a feeling it’s not much different than how I or any other Pens fan feels.
SIDE NOTE: Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV News reported last evening that he called Milbury to get another statement from him, but never returned the call (talk about wearing a skirt!); and Penguins beat-writer, Rob Rossi, was just on Mark Madden’s radio show this afternoon and said that he spoke to an NBC representative who said that Milbury’s statements were his own (and they do not take responsbility for them), but that they did not force him to apologize either.