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Isaiah Meyer-Crothers speaks on Mitchell Miller-Bruins saga

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Miller bullying victim speaks after failed Bruins signing originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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Days after the Boston Bruins signed a potential player who was convicted of teenage bullying and then dumped following strong backlash, the man who was bullied released a statement.

In it, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers insists that he is not friends with quarterback Mitchell Miller, who was convicted in 2016 for bullying Meyer-Croters, a black woman with developmental disabilities, in high school. He said that since the Bruins made a scandal, he has faced new abuses.

Meyers-Croters wrote in a letter that he is now receiving messages on social media from people calling him racist, derogatory names and saying he needs help. The letter was released in redacted form on Wednesday. Hockey Diversity Alliancea biennial diversity advocacy group founded by current and former professional hockey players.

Meyer-Croters also recounts how Miller reached out to him last month via a direct message on social media to apologize, but says Miller has provided no evidence that he is helping the community to fix the situation, as his agent said. he did.

“Mitchell is not my friend. My heart hurts because of what he did to me,” Meyer-Croters wrote in the letter, ending it with, “I can’t take it anymore.”

Meyer-Croters’ mother confirmed to NBC10 Boston that her son submitted a statement to the Hockey Diversity Alliance. She also said that Bruins president Cam Neely recently spoke to her for about 45 minutes in what she described as a “good conversation” in which the team principal, a former player himself, “extremely apologized.”

She called earlier Miller “monster” telling NBC10 Boston, he racially harassed her adopted son for years.

Miller pleaded guilty at age 14 to one count of assault and one count of violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act. He and another teenager were accused of forcing Meyer-Croters to eat a lollipop after wiping it on a bathroom urinal, and surveillance video showed them kicking and punching him. The 20-year-old was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft but was fired by the team after news of the bullying conviction broke.

In a statement, Meyer-Croters said he had been bullied since first grade, when he was one of the few black students, and said that Miller, along with his friends, organized a campaign to intimidate and humiliate him.

“Everyone thought he was cool, but I don’t understand how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone all your life,” he wrote.

NBC10 Boston has reached out to Miller’s agent for comment on Meyer-Croters’ statement. Miller’s agent said last week that Miller has volunteered for several organizations and has committed to working with others.

“We believe in restorative justice,” Eustace King said in a statement. “Mitchell and I are on this journey together, and I welcome all of you to join us.”

ESPN reported On Tuesday, Miller remained under contract with the Bruins despite the team ending ties with him. Sources told the news outlet that the team had limited options to resolve the situation.

The Bruins’ approach to Miller — and his absence from the Meyer-Crothers family or the NHL as they considered acquiring the player — plunged the team into controversy. On Monday, Neely spoke about the team decision to part ways with Miller and said that he was “extremely upset that we have made so many people unhappy”.

“I’m proud of the Bruins organization and what we stand for, and we failed there,” he added.

The Boston Bruins have issued an apology after initially defending the signing of controversial quarterback Mitchell Miller, who was convicted in 2016 of racist bullying a classmate when he was 14.

When asked why the team fired Miller, Neely said, “Well, it was a combination of everything. Of course, our fans were upset, and rightly so. “

Neely also admitted that he “misinterpreted” the expected backlash.

Boston signed Miller to an entry-level contract last week, drawing criticism from Bruins players, including the captain. Patrice Bergeron, as well as the fan base of the team.

Bergeron and Marchand react to Bruins change of heart over Miller’s decision

When asked if statements from current Bruins players played a role in the team’s sacking of Miller, Neely replied, “There were a lot of factors in that decision, and this was one of them.”

Neely said he and general manager Don Sweeney spoke to the club on Saturday. The offer to Miller was annulled late Sunday night, with Neely saying in a statement that the Bruins consider Miller’s behavior an isolated incident and that the team changed course based on new information, specifically that the team had not spoken to Meyer-Croters or his family.

“I was worried about the fact that we didn’t talk to the family,” Neely said.

Neely did meet with Miller, as well as his agent and his mom, before signing him, but said on Monday he shouldn’t have assumed the vetting process also included a meeting with the Meyer-Crotters family.

Asked why it didn’t happen, Neely replied, “That’s a great question. I need to find out something.”

He said there was still a lot of work to be done when asked about possible fines for people involved in the screening process.

Bruins president Cam Neely said “new information” led them to believe it was in the organization’s best interest to part ways with Mitchell Miller, who was convicted in 2016 of racist bullying classmate Isaiah Meyer-Crothers.

Neely reiterated that during his meeting with Miller, he felt remorseful and worthy of the opportunity to play in the NHL.

“From everything I heard, he worked on himself, worked on programs to become better. I was under the impression that this 14-year-old made a very bad decision and did some terrible things.” — Neely said. “He is now 20 years old. So I got the impression that over the past six years he has done a lot of work on himself. … I believe in a second chance, but maybe some don’t deserve it. I don’t say it specifically in this situation, but I believe in second chances.”

Neely used his statement Sunday night to apologize to Isaiah and his family, saying he was sorry if the signing made them and other victims feel “invisible and unheard of.”

Mitchell Miller, a defenseman signed by the Boston Bruins, was convicted of bullying a classmate as a teenager.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday that Miller was ineligible. for the league and revealed that the Bruins did not consult with the NHL before signing him.

However, Neely said on Monday that the Bruins did speak to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley about signing Miller last Wednesday, but it appears Bettman hasn’t heard from him yet.

“Today, a lot of people are disappointed,” Neely said. “I am disappointed that we are in this position. We shouldn’t have been in this position. So we could work better. We should have done better.”

On Monday, Neely again apologized to the Meyer-Croters family and said he planned to contact them.

“This is something they should not continue through,” he said.

On Monday, Neely declined to comment on any possible financial implications of the breakup with Miller and said he had not spoken directly to Miller about the decision to cut it.


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