Melrose apologizes for criticizing area around Devils' arena

Updated: November 6, 2007, 6:57 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose apologized Tuesday for negative remarks about the area around the New Jersey Devils' new Prudential Center arena.

In a video segment posted on ESPN.com last week, Melrose described the recently opened arena as a "beautiful new building" but added, "Don't go outside if you have a wallet or anything else, because the area around the arena is just horrible."

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