WCVB TV in Boston is reporting today that NBC and CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury has been charged with allegedly assaulting a child at a local hockey rink last week.
According to WCVB, Milbury is an assistant coach for a youth team in Brookline, Mass. and the 12-year old alleged victim is a player from another team in the league.
Some more details from the Boston Herald:
Police today said they have charged Milbury with assault and battery on a child, threats to commit a crime and disorderly conduct in connection with his alleged verbal and physical attack on a 12-year-old boy during a pee-wee exhibition hockey game last Friday night at the town-owned Larz Anderson Rink in Brookline.
The Herald reports that Milbury's son got into a tussle during a game and afterwards the former NHL player and general manager went onto the ice and "verbally berated and grabbed and shook" the alleged victim.
CBC and NBC have not responded to requests for comment at the moment.
We'll update this as more information comes available.
UPDATE: NBC's comment:
"We are aware of the story and are gathering the facts. We will not have any further statements until we know more information."
Via PHT, Milbury's attorney, Daniel Rabinowitz, denies the charges:
"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."
Last Friday, it was reported that Mike Milbury had been charged with allegedly assaulting a child at a local hockey rink. The report stated that Milbury had "verbally berated and grabbed and shook" the alleged victim.
This Friday, The Boston Herald has reported that all the charges against Milbury have been dropped. From the Herald:
Milbury's legal team announced this afternoon that a clerk magistrate at Brookline District Court has ruled there is not enough evidence to move ahead in the case.
Milbury addressed the media right after saying the incident was just "an unfortunate misunderstanding."
Friday, Friday, charges thrown out on Friday.
I'll admit I'm a little disappointed. Not because I have any ill will toward Milbury -- simply because I wanted to see the shoe from his famed fan attack entered into evidence. I've seen lawyer shows. I know how it goes. (Defense: "objection!" Prosecution: "It goes to character, your honour.")
Instead, Milbury will have the dream weekend: Christmas with the family and the assault case dismissed.
And here's the good news for you Milbury acolytes out there. You won't have to wait long for his triumphant return. The Herald, again:
When asked when he will be back on the air as a hockey analyst, Milbury said he was saving his voice for "Christmas caroling."
His attorney, Mark Berthiaume, said the magistrate ruled there was no probable cause to take the next step in court.
"Mike and his family are are happy to move on," said Berthiaume.
"Mike will be returning to work on the air very, very soon."