|Milbury makes news again. (Getty Images)|
Making a stop on Philadelphia's WIP radio the day after that chaotic ending to Sunday's game between the Penguins and Flyers , Milbury slipped into pretty classic-Milbury mode. He said that Byslma shouldn't have "taken off his skirt and gone over there," with there being the Flyers bench.
As for Crosby, well he called him out for being a "little goody two shoes," a "little punk" and lastly "not a perfect gentleman." Well, good thing Crosby isn't in the running for the Lady Byng, otherwise that last statement would qualify as mud-slinging in a campaign.
Crosby addressed the comments on Tuesday after practice, taking some small swipes back in Milbury's direction as a retort.
"You can twist something a certain way, and he's obviously shown he's more than capable of doing that," Crosby said.
"As far as me slashing someone, that's hockey. I guess I'm not a gentleman out there on the ice sometimes, I'll say that. It's a contact sport, and I do get involved … but I don't think I've gotten one penalty in a scrum since I've been back."
Penguins GM Ray Shero was none too pleased either. He expressed his disappointment with Milbury's comments to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
So on Tuesday Milbury released a statement making an apology for his remarks.
"I reached out to David Morehouse and the Penguins about the comments I made yesterday on Philadelphia radio. In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize to the Penguins organization and their fans."
This is what people hate about Milbury, these kind of rather outlandish comments. This is also why NBC keeps him around. He and Pierre McGuire seem to be the most disliked media personalities in hockey and people discuss them more often than anybody. This is what Milbury does.
If he were doing an interview on Pittsburgh radio instead of Philadelphia then I'd imagine his tune would have been much different, likely saying some unflattering things about the Flyers and their barbaric ways (my mock analysis).
Other than a tired gender-based putdown, I don't see anything that he really needs to apologize for. Even then I'm sure it's worthy of an apology, it just shows poor taste and maybe even more damning, a lack of creativity in a putdown. I don't think Milbury was really feeling apologetic for this but that he was pressured. Personally, I'd rather not see these statements and just live with it.