BOSTON (CBS) – Cell phone video catches the seconds before Bruins Legend Mike Milbury heads out onto the ice to break up a fight between his son and a 12-year-old player from an opposing team.
A witness who doesn’t want to be identified shot the video and says Milbury grabbed the boy by the scruff of the neck and yelled profanities. Police investigated, but the former Bruin wasn’t charged.
“What I viewed was Mike grabbing that kid and shaking him,” said the hockey dad who witnessed the incident.
WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports
He said Milbury’s son, Jake was the aggressor and had the opposing player in a headlock during the scuffle.
On the video, you can see Jake Milbury in the white shirt. The witness said he stopped rolling video when Milbury reached center ice because he was stunned by what he was seeing.
Watch the video:
He said as Mike Milbury approached the two boys, Milbury’s son actually skated away so by the time Milbury got to center ice, there was no fight to break up.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes, there was no need for it. For a hockey father to grab someone else’s kid, words can’t say,” he said.
Milbury’s lawyer released this statement:
“The video that was released is not new and was known to everyone involved in the Clerk Magistrate’s hearing, the matter is closed, Mr. Milbury did nothing at all inappropriate and it’s time for everyone involved to move on.”
We showed the video to Ernie Boch Jr., who sponsors the team Milbury coaches.
“I talked to him about this incident, we’re very sorry it happened but he had his day in court and he’s an amazing guy, coach and legendary Bruins player,” said Boch.
Milbury’s temper was also legendary, but the court believes in this case there was no crime on the ice.
According to a police report received by WBZ-TV (.pdf), the head coach of the Milbury’s team, Jack Hauswirth, refused to be interviewed. Hauswirth was on the ice just feet away from the scuffle and Milbury at the time of the incident.