The Bruins are parting ways with controversial defenseman Mitchell Miller
The Boston Bruins are parting ways with defenseman Mitchell Miller, the team announced Sunday. Here’s what you need to know:
- On Nov. 4, The Bruins signed Miller to the initial contract.
- He chose Miller Arizona Coyotes in the fourth round of 2020 NHL outline, but the team revoked his draft status after it was revealed that he had a juvenile court conviction for molestation.
- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday that Boston did not consult with the league before signing Miller and would have to see “a whole bunch of things” before hypothetically allowing him to play in the NHL.
- Bruins players spoke on Saturday. Nick Foligno he said it was “hard for us to swallow,” with Capt Patrice Bergeron adding that “The culture we’ve built here is against that kind of behavior.”
What are they saying?
On Sunday, Bruins president Cam Neely announced the following statement:
“Today, the Boston Bruins have decided to part ways with Mitchell Miller, effective immediately,” the statement read. “The decision to sign this young man was made after careful consideration of the facts that were known to us: that at the age of 14 he made a bad decision that led to a juvenile conviction. We understand that this is an isolated incident and that he has taken significant steps to reform and is committed to ongoing personal development. Based on that understanding, we offered him a contract.
“Based on the new information, we believe the best decision at this time is to terminate Mitchell Miller’s opportunity to represent the Boston Bruins.”
Neely apologized for the signing, saying “this decision overshadowed the incredible work members of our organization do to support diversity and inclusion efforts.”
“We will continue to fight bullying and racism in all its forms.”
Neely apologized to Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a black classmate who has developmental disabilities Miller admitted to the abuse in Ohio juvenile court.
“To Isaiah and his family, my deepest apologies if this signing has made you and other victims feel invisible and unheard. We apologize for the deep hurt and impact we have caused.”
Bruins has not communicated with the victim’s family
As of 9:50 p.m. Sunday, 49 minutes after the Bruins issued a press release terminating Miller, Joni Meyer-Crothers and Jamie Crothers had not heard directly from anyone from the Bruins. From start to finish, this lack of communication was key to the Bruins’ disastrous miscalculation.
“One hundred percent. One hundred percent,” Meyer-Crothers said when asked if the Bruins’ scouting call before the signing could have influenced their decision.
Because the Bruins never called the family, they didn’t understand that Isaiah was subject to repeated abuse. In his statement, Neely said their decision to part ways with Miller was “based on new information.” – Shinzawa
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