Milbury's mouth often bypasses his brain
For the most part, Mike Milbury is an excellent studio analyst. He's outspoken, not afraid to say what he thinks and, despite a love for hockey's distasteful blood lust, is right about a lot of things. But sometimes the guy forgets to turn on his brain filter.
Take last Saturday, for example, when he mocked Pierre Lebrun's backing of a new helmet designed to protect players from suffering head injuries in fights. When Lebrun replied that ``some guy died last year" from a head injury incurred in a fight, Milbury retorted: ``Some guy's going to die every day."
The ``guy" referred to was Donald Sanderson, who was only 21 when he suffered fatal head injuries in a senior hockey game. His father was not pleased with he heard from Milbury.
``That hockey player who died was my son Donald .. and it was only 10 months ago," Michael Sanderson wrote in an e-mail to me. ``The comments were a lack of respect to Donald and our family .. as we all are fans of hockey and we will watch the leafs as fans. To have someone on national television make such comments makes we wonder if the producers of Hockey Night in Canada have any respect for there viewers."
CBC Sports head Scott Moore said Milbury didn't intend any offence.
``I am sure that Mike's comment on Saturday was not meant to be insulting or to diminish Don's tragic death," he said.
I'm sure it wasn't, either. But that's not how it came off.
Next time, think before you speak Mike.
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