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Reversal: Bruins Part Ways With Mitchell Miller

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After a coming under heavy scrutiny for signing controversial defenseman Mitchell Miller on Friday, the Boston Bruins have parted ways with him, effective immediately.

Here’s the official statement from Boston Bruins team president that was sent to the media at 9 PM ET on Sunday night:

“Today the Boston Bruins have decided to part ways with Mitchell Miller, effective immediately. 

The decision to sign this young man was made after careful consideration of the facts as we were aware of them: that at 14-years-old he made a poor decision that led to a juvenile conviction. We understood this to be an isolated incident and that he had taken meaningful action to reform and was committed to ongoing personal development. Based on that understanding we offered him a contract.

Based on new information, we believe it is the best decision at this time to rescind the opportunity for Mitchell Miller to represent the Boston Bruins. We hope that he continues to work with professionals and programs to further his education and personal growth.

We owe it to our fans, players, staff, partners and community to make sure that our practices and protocols are in keeping with the ethos that we demand from ourselves and as an organization. As such, we will be reevaluating our internal processes for vetting individuals who wish to earn the privilege of playing in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins.

We are sorry that this decision has overshadowed the incredible work the members of our organization do to support diversity and inclusion efforts. We will continue to stand against bullying and racism in all of its forms.

To Isaiah and his family, my deepest apologies if this signing made you and other victims feel unseen and unheard. We apologize for the deep hurt and impact we have caused.

Finally, as a father, I think there is a lesson to be learned here for other young people. Be mindful of careless behaviors and going with the group mentality of hurting others. The repercussions can be felt for a lifetime.”

After being drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the fourth round (111th overall), of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Mitchell Miller  eventually saw his rights get renounced his rights after story surfaced that he had been convicted in juvenile court of bullying and abusing a classmate when he was 14-years-old. Miller, 20, was found guilty of accusations that, starting in second grade, he and a classmate repeatedly bullied their disabled classmate Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, including using repeated racial slurs and physically demeaning him.

The Coyotes under immediate and heavy scrutiny after drafting Miller but it wasn’t until a series of letters from Meyer-Crothers’ mother Joni and eventually sitting down with and listening to her, did they make the decision to cut ties with Miller.

Miller also lost a full scholarship to the University of North Dakota as a result of the stories that surfaced.

Cam Neely will address the media at 9:15 AM ET Monday morning at the Boston Bruins practice facility, Warrior Arena.

 

 

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Derrick

The right thing to do, that never should have happened in the first place. Will Neely announce Sweeney’s firing during press conference too??

Last edited 24 days ago by Derrick Spafford
William

Come on, Jimmy, you can do better than this. The Bs statement that they believed it to be an isolated incident is either a lie or a failure to do their research. The facts were well known. You owe it to your readers to point out where their team is trying to bullshit them.

Phil

I would like to know if any $$ was paid to MM such as signing bonus and if he gets to keep it and did his agent or advisers get any $$ ? Should there be some investigation into their actions .,,, not doing their due diligence on MM and or just using him to make some $ ! ? What were they thinking…doesn’t sound like a very smart agent !!!

Michael Parahus

Is it just me? Or does this now even make the Bruins brass look more uninformed and more culpable? Why should we ever trust or believe anything they do? One day it’s one story….a day later after being lambasted in the press, by the players and by Bettman, they pull an Emily Latella and say…. “Never mind!!!”

Lawrence Maiolo

“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. What a bunch of woke hypocrites!!

Wes Johnston

The young man made some very bad choices early in life, but what’s his opinion of his past actions? Does he regret them? It seems like a big decision to cancel the young man’s future as a professional because of decisions made as a child. Bullying is a serious problem, but people do come to realize that they were on the wrong as they come of age.

Lawrence Maiolo

Well Wes, apparently the NHL, the B’s, and the media don’t believe in second chances. Just throw the kid to the curb.

BBBob

Imagine writing that first sentence and then following it up by casting your own stone.

Lawrence Maiolo

I am seeing the NHL brass, the B’s and the media doing just that.

BBBob

Ah… The self awareness of a dog licking itself in the middle of a crowded street, I see.

John Miller

Congrats you hypocrites. I guess this kid is never allowed to work again. You people don’t believe in forgiveness OR this country’s legal system. He paid for his crime but you won’t let him move on.

Lawrence Maiolo

Well said John!!

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