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Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

Mike Milbury

Mike Milbury is in a bit of hot water after making some comments during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

The NBC Sports analyst was talking about an interference penalty the Blues’ Steve Ott received during the second period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone from behind and incur a penalty as Ott did, they may as well get their money’s worth in terms of how physical they get:

“This is so unsatisfying for me as a former coach. To watch your player with a slash that doesn’t really hurt him. If you’re going to slash him, crack or bone or something. If you’re going to hit him from behind, give him a slight concussion. Obviously I don’t mean that obviously too seriously,” Milbury said.

Milbury may claim he was just joking around with his comments and said “I don’t mean that too seriously,” but many will feel otherwise. Joking about giving someone a concussion is no laughing matter. Maybe we’ll see if Milbury starts getting called out for his comments the way Charles Barkley did when he said something similar.

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