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Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: December 18, 2011 10:37 am
 

By Brian Stubits

On Friday, word come out from Brookline, Mass. police that Mike Milbury, currently an analyst on both NBC Sports and the CBC, was being charged with assault and battery on a 10-year-old hockey player, threatening to commit a crime and disorderly conduct. The incident happened in a game involving his son, Jake, and a fight that broke out on the ice.

The typical statement was released from Milbury's legal representation, saying “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.” It's very legalese and didn't say a whole lot, leaving vague the actual happenings.

But it didn't take long for Milbury to tell his full side of the story, which is backed up by some others who were there to witness it.

Milbury told the Boston Globe that Jake was targeted all game long by taunts from a player on the opposing team. It eventually led to his son's frustration boiling over and the two players getting into it.

"This was also after watching my kid get verbally bullied by the other player for over two hours," Milbury said. "It was the third time that night that Jake and the kid got into it, and that was the last straw for Jake. I mean, what kid can take that?"

What happened next is what's in contention now.

“I want to be clear about a couple of things," Milbury said. “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.

“I yelled at him, ‘What did you say?! What the [expletive] did you just say to [Jake]?!’"

Milbury's account of events was backed up by a parent of one of Jake's teammates, Peter Weiner.

Weiner told the Globe he was there throughout the night and that he witnessed Jake “being needled pretty much all game," and lauded Milbury for helping to restrain the skirmishing players.

“All he did was stop the kids," Weiner said. “And on top of it, he booted his own kid off the ice."

That differs only a little from the reported account from an opposing team's parent, from Deadspin.

Coaches from both teams went on to the ice to break it up, and at this point, says a Blackhawks parent, Milbury grabbed the victim's facemask and screamed at him, asking "What did you say to my son?" Milbury allegedly lifted the kid off the ground and shook him, yelling obscenities all the while, before dropping him roughly to the ice.

The accounts really are very similar. So the only gray matter there appears to be in this situation is how physical Milbury was with the other team's player. Milbury says he grabbed his jersey and swore. The other view says Milbury lifted him off the ground and shook the player.

With seeing the two sides so similar in their stories, I'd imagine it's a matter of perspective. Exaggeration often occurs in situations like this, but not on purpose. The moment is intense and sometimes things become more grandiose. Or in the other vein, sometimes a person doesn't really how far they might have gone.

Just my completely unqualified hunch, I'd be very surprised if anything serious came out of this for Milbury. If anything, I'd imagine he'll have some community service to do. But the damage to his reputation is already done and even exoneration likely won't take away the stain.

Photo: Getty Images

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Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

Unfortunately for Shoes Milbury, his reputation as a bully precedes him wherever he goes and whatever he did/does. 



Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

i just wish Milbury would go away aready. as an Isles fan Ive seen enough of this to last a life time. hope he gets arrested and sued.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

Just like he went into the audiance to break up a fight at MSG too.  Milburry is a goon and I hope he gets sued.  I am not objective in this matter I hate this prick.

Hey thanks for clarifying the objectivity part, your take on this would have been really confusing otherwise...........lol

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Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:47 am
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

Where were this kids parents that should have been telling himto shut up and play hockey?  Where were the referees and why wouldn't they call an unsportmanlike conduct penalty on him?  10 years old and he is pulling this crap?  Too bad Mike's son didn't just drop the irritating little jerk himself.  All the fervor over bullying and y'all let this slide - you can bully someone on the ice just as well as you can in a classroom.  So Milbury gets busted, and this little jerk 10 year old kid with a big mouth gets a pat on the back.  We really are all screwed up. 



Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:21 am
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

Just like he went into the audiance to break up a fight at MSG too.  Milburry is a goon and I hope he gets sued.  I am not objective in this matter I hate this prick.



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:04 am
 

Not so much fun when it`s YOUR kid eh Mikey ?

 

Millbury and his mentor ,the other troglodyte on tv,Don Cherry,make fun of skill players and virtually,on air,refer to them as sissy`s.Gotta fight your kid`s battles Mikey ? What`s the matter,is he one of those "sissy`s" you and Cherry contemptuously bully and bad mouth all the time ?
 If Mike`s son didn`t deserve any of this,i feel terrible for him.But knowing Mad Mike,i`d sure like to hear both sides of the story before i blame the other kid.What if the apple didn`t roll to far from the tree and the OTHER kid had had enough ?
 Anyway,Millbury`s not liked by his peers or audience.He dosen`t belong on tv constantly looking down his nose,sneering at skilled players.We already have one of those,and he`s a bigot to boot.Don Cherry.We DON`T need anymore.
 To bad it took a bully`s kid to get the treatment to get a bullies attention.And you`re a bully Mike.Not fun when it`s happening to you and yours is it ?




Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

I agree with that,that's why i never went to my grandsons games thougth it's baseball,he and his brother played since they where 5yrs old now there 14 and 15,so i stayed out of jail for 10 yrs. Parents argue to much when the call don't go their sons or daughters way.let them play and become respected players instead of daddy or mommy's little boy or girl all their life.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

He does know there's video right?



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

news flash for Mike, when you yell at somebody it is legally assalt and when you put your hands on them in any manner at the same time it is legally battery. he is guilty and that is all there is to it. he even admitted it in his own statement.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Mike Milbury denies allegations of assault

I grabbed the other kid by the sweater to stop a fight and, yeah, I swore at him = YOU WERE NOT CONTROLLING THE SITUATION MIKE!  YOU WERE NOT AN ADULT IN THIS SITUATION.


What a dolt. 


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