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Meyer-Crothers: ‘When Mitchell [Miller] Says We’re Friends It Isn’t True’

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In an absolutely heartbreaking and infuriating statement released via Hockey Diversity Alliance on Wednesday, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, the bullying and racial abuse victim of defenseman Mitchell Miller, whom the Boston Bruins signed on Friday and then released Sunday, denied that he and Miller are friends. He also denied claims by Miller’s agent that the two have been working together to heal each other.

Since the Boston Bruins signed Miller to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $2.8 million on Friday, Meyer-Crothers mother Joni has told multiple news outlets that Miller’s abuse of her son was not a one-time incident when the two were 14-years-old, but rather a ten-year long progression of physical and mental ‘torture’ of her son by Miller. Boston Bruins team president Cam Neely claimed they were unaware of this and once they became aware, that, public pressure and some ‘new information’ they have not made public, led to them terminating Miller’s contract.

On Monday, Miller’s agent Eustace King, denied Meyer-Crothers’ mother’s claims and said that he had a timeline and documentation proving they were false.

Here’s the full statement from Meyer-Crothers:

“I am Isaiah Meyer-Crothers. I would like to make a statement.
I have been bullied since I was in 1st grade.
There were not many Black kids at my school. I was called ‘brownie’ and ‘n—–.’
Kids said my Black mom and dad didn’t love me and that’s why I have white parents.
Mitchell used to ask me to sit with him on the bus and then he and his friends would punch me in the head. This happened my whole time at school.
When I went to Junior High Mitchell would spit in my face and call me a N word. I stopped telling because they called me a snitch and I would get made fun of. I had to say I was ‘his n—–‘ to sit at his table and he made me clean the whole table. He threw food at my face. I was called ‘n—–‘ every day.
The office would tell me to stay away from him because he wasn’t my friend. Once he got expelled from school, his friends started bullying me.
He pretended to be my friend and made me do things I didn’t want to do. In junior high, I got beat up by him.
Everyone thought he was cool, but I don’t see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life.
Middle of October, I was being texted constantly everyday and till I answered a Snapchat and IG message from Mitchell Miller. He asked me why I always have my parents doing stuff for me and why I can’t speak for myself.
I told him I don’t care what my parents say I’m old enough to speak for myself.
He told me he was sorry and [that the apology] didn’t involve hockey.
He told me he was doing stuff in the community and helping the youth and he wanted to be my friend.
I told him, ‘That’s cool but where is the proof though?’
He didn’t give me any [proof].
All the lies I have been told from him for so many years I don’t believe what Mitchell told me.
He kept asking me to be his friend and that he has changed over the years from what he did.
I told him, ‘I’m not just gonna be your friend after all you did to me.’
I am now getting messages on social media from people calling me ‘a slow, retarded assclown’ and ‘you stupid n—–,’ saying that ‘I need help.’
Mitchell isn’t my friend. It hurts my heart what he did to me.
So I just wanted to tell everyone — when Mitchell says we’re friends it isn’t true.
I can’t take more of this.”

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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steve

Yeah Forgiveness is a tough thing to give, but Miller was obviously trying. Nicely crafted comments by HDA!

Patrick

Great article, Jimmy. I believe in second chances, as I’m sure most people do, but the perpetrator has to be worthy of being given that opportunity for forgiveness and redemption. Miller appears to a master of lip service solace only, to the extent that he was able to completely fool the Bruins’ brass. Now it comes to light that this incredibly inept and insensitive move is probably going to involve a cap hit that my beloved team can ill afford. This whole saga is taking on a life of its own.

Gerald Doughty

Neely & Sweeney have to fall on their swords. Make Bergy president now.

William Mahoney

Time for the B’s brass to say nothing ,morfe, enough already!

Phil

The worse part is they MM will get probably all the contract $$ and his agent 10% …. For ???
Thanks to DS mis management!!!

Wendy

The ENTIRE organization agreed to sign him, no need to single Sweeney out.

Grego

So the bully reaches out, less than a month ago, to apologize, saying it had nothing to do with hockey.
Which is a lie – apologizing was a requirement to sign with the Bruins. So there’s that.
Apologizing was also part of this A-hole’s original plea deal – 6 years ago. Which he blew off, 6 years ago.
Congrats to the Bruins players – men of character – who spoke out against this pathetic boy, who clearly has no character or integrity whatsoever. And will remain a boy forever, because accountability and maturity are beyond his grasp.

Wendy

He did apologize, several times in fact but he is an awful person who did awful things. Isaiah deserved better.

Bryan

That’s funny, because when I was a kid if I’d given an apology as insincere as any of his seem to have been my parents would have said “that’s not an apology, try again “ an apology that you’re forced and/or incentivized to give isn’t really an apology.

Critical thinker

Full of fake news. Kid apologized and was not allowed to have contact with Isaiah for years. Thus no further apology or one face to face. He did not blow it off… he had NO means to do so, or face the wrath of breaking his court orders!!! The amount of people who spread misinformation combined with their opinion on what someone is thinking and feeling without ever meeting the person is AMAZING to me. The mom is doing everything in her power to ensure Mitchell NEVER enjoys success. She wants him to pay forever (rightfully so)… BUT, that doesn’t… Read more »

Last edited 10 days ago by Critical thinker

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