Bruins end association with Miller

The Boston Bruins announced they were ending their association with prospect Mitchell Miller on Sunday.

Miller, a former 2020 Arizona Coyotes draft pick, was signed to a rookie contract by the Bruins on Friday.

Weeks after selecting Miller, the Coyotes waived his rights after the « Arizona Republic » reported that Miller had been involved in several incidents of racist bullying of a special needs student, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, in Sylvania, Ohio, when he was 14 years old. These incidents led to a conviction in juvenile court. During one of the incidents involving Miller and other youths. Meyer-Crothers was tricked into licking a candy that had been unknowingly rubbed into a urinal.

« The decision to sign this young man was made after careful analysis of the facts of which we were aware, » Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. A 14-year-old made a bad decision that led to a conviction in juvenile court. We believed that this was an isolated incident, that he had taken concrete steps to find the right path, and that he was engaged in an ongoing process of personal development. Based on that understanding, we offered him a contract.

“After learning of new information, we believe the best decision at this time is to remove Mitchell Miller from the opportunity he has been offered to represent the Boston Bruins. We hope he will continue to work with professionals and take part in programs that will help him educate himself and grow as a person. »

In the statement, Neely apologized to Isaiah and his family. Neely also acknowledged that the Bruins owe it to their fans, players, staff, partners and community to ensure that their practices and protocols meet the standards set by the organization.

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