Slava Voynov’s presence on the Olympic Athletes of Russia ice hockey team is a topic perhaps best avoided, as NBC discovered during the game between the United States and the Olympic Athletes from Russia team.On Saturday, hockey analyst Mike Milbury drew fire on social media for attempting to add his two cents about Slava Voynov, the former NHL player who was convicted of domestic abuse in 2014 and sentenced to 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse.Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post“Here’s Voynov, who won two Stanley Cups with the Kings,” play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert began, summarizing Voynov’s history in Los Angeles neatly. “He was arrested on domestic violence charges, subsequently suspended by the National Hockey League, now playing in the KHL [Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League].”To that, Milbury chimed in, “He left a huge void in the Los Angeles Kings’ defense, otherwise [they] may have gone on to win more than the championships they did already. This guy was a special player, and an unfortunate incident left the Los Angeles Kings without a great defenseman.”“Unfortunate.” Really? Milbury admittedly is on the scene to cover hockey, not to opine on domestic violence, but, in this case, perhaps saying nothing would have been smarter, as social media reaction showed.Milbury later defended his comment, saying he had supported Voynov’s suspension and was merely adding the context of what the loss of Voynov meant to the Kings. “After my colleague laid out the facts about Voynov — which included being arrested, suspended by the NHL, and leaving the U.S. to return to Russia — I provided the on-ice impact of his being thrown out of the league,” he said in a statement emailed to The Post. “As I said at the time when he was suspended, the league made the right call, 100 percent.”Since his conviction and suspension, Voynov has had little to say publicly, and he continued that practice in PyeongChang. “I know that he’s a good player and obviously he deserves to be here,” teammate Mikhail Grigorenko told the Associated Press. “He’s one of our leaders on defense, so I’m not surprised he’s here. The around-hockey stuff, there’s people that decide that.”And sometimes they decide poorly, especially at a time when, as NBC and others know, social media means that every word is subject to instant scrutiny. The blowback has left the network apologizing a few times since these Games began.Bode Miller apologized for blaming an Olympic skier’s struggles on marriage, saying he made an “ill-advised attempt at a joke” when he said, “it’s historically very challenging to race on the World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.”Katie Couric apologized for saying Dutch speedskaters are so dominant because “skating is an important mode of transportation” in the Netherlands.Shaun White apologized after dismissing sexual harassment claims against him in 2016 as gossip, admitting later, “It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today.”It isn’t easy to supply the words that accompany 2,400 hours of coverage, particularly when every word carries so much weight. Still, sometimes the smartest way to lend a voice to something is simple silence.Related slideshow: Best of 2018 Winter Olympics (Provided by photo services)

Slide 1 of 110: Slovakia's Lucie Mysliveckova and Slovakia's Lukas Csolley compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018.Slide 2 of 110: Freestyle Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Ski Halfpipe Training - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 20, 2018 - Cassie Sharpe of Canada trains.Slide 3 of 110: United States' figure skater Bradie Tennell falls during a practice session ahead of the women's figure skating event in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.Slide 110 of 110: Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - A general view shows the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski Slide 1 of 110: Slovakia’s Lucie Mysliveckova and Slovakia’s Lukas Csolley compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018.1/110 SLIDES © ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Slovakia’s Lucie Mysliveckova, right, and Lukas Csolley compete in the ice dance free skate Feb. 20 in Gangneung, South Korea.