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Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:51 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 2:51 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Charges against NBC Sports and CBC analyst Mike Milbury were dropped by a court in Brookline, Mass on Friday.

The former Bruins player and coach who later became the Islanders general manager had been charged by Brookline police with assault and battery on a 12-year-old player. The accusation stemmed from a game in which Milbury's son was playing and just as a fight was breaking out between his son and a player from the other team, Milbury stepped in and grabbed and yelled at the other player.

That's the part everybody agreed on, Milbury included. The accounts differed with how forceful Milbury was with the child, some saying the player was shaken before being dropped hard to the ice while Milbury contended he just grabbed the child's jersey and yelled.

But the charges were dropped as the clerk magistrate found there was no probable cause to bring the charges against Milbury.

“I am hoping this will absolve things, and I will get back to work in the next few days,” Millbury said after Friday’s hearing. “At this point, I am just thankful that the court ruled this way, and I am going to go home and get my voice ready to do some caroling.”

Milbury later released a full statement that shared a little more his relief at the magistrate's decision.

“My family and I are gratified that the clerk magistrate found no reason to further investigate the incident at Larz Anderson Park two weeks ago when I separated two 12 year old boys in a Pee Wee hockey game, one of whom was my son. I was a coach and supervisor on the ice that day when the scuffle broke out after the game had concluded and the referee had left. I know I acted responsibly to break up an altercation between two young boys in order to prevent potential injury to both.  My actions were in no way inappropriate and I would take the same actions today if confronted with a similar situation in the future.”

At this point there is no word whether or not his voice will also be getting ready to return to his analyst positions, but there's no reason to assume he won't. He's been on leave from those duties while dealing with these charges. As he said, he looks forward to getting back to work in the coming days, probably in time for the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

I'm not surprised at the charges being dropped. The accounts of the incident were similar enough for me to believe the truth was pretty much all out there. If anything, I thought Milbury could receive some community service. Instead he leaves with what he has to take as a pretty big warning not to get aggressive with young players on the ice.

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Comments

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Milbury is a classless and this proves it!

you can hide behind a suit but you still have no class!!!!!



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Milbury can' t doge forever he'll crash n burn...

Did Shoes bully the family or pay them off? lol. The thing is, jerks like Milbury can only doge the flack so long. He'll crash and burn sooner than later.




Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

Did Shoes bully the family or pay them off? lol. The thing is, jerks like Milbury can only doge the flack so long. He'll crash and burn sooner than later.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

Big deal.  Mike Milbury is still a colossal douche.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

I'm happy this helps you sleep at night.  Good for you man.


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 5:55 pm
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Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 12:55 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 7:55 am
 

Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

Good for Milby. Problem is, now we all have to listen to his Bruins-Are-Best-In-Hockey rant
s, as if it's not obvious already...



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

Get Mikey back on the air asap.  He and Grapes may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they bring something different to the table rather than the politically correct cookie cutter types that populate the rest of sports broadcasting, and society for that matter.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Charges dropped against analyst Mike Milbury

He should take Don Cherry's place. He'll fit right in.


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