The Boston Bruins have canceled Agreement with Mitchell Miller The player participated as a teenager after the National Hockey League deemed him ineligible to join the team due to a bullying incident.
The decision, announced Sunday, comes immediately days after the Bruins signed Miller to an entry-level contract on Friday. At some point the about-face comes after new information is released related to the bullying. It led to serious consequences while the player was in school.
Miller was convicted of a bullying incident at age 14 when he and another teenager were accused of tricking their black classmate, Isaiah Meyers-Crothers, into eating candy placed in a urinal. Arizona Republic revealed.
Miller and another teenager pleaded guilty to the bullying in an Ohio juvenile court and were sentenced to community service, according to The Republic.
In explaining the decision to initially sign Miller, now 20, Boston Bruins president Cam Neely said the team carefully considered the facts they knew, “He did it at 14. A bad decision led to a juvenile conviction.”
“We understood that this was an isolated incident and that he had taken meaningful steps to reform and was committed to personal growth. We offered him a contract based on that understanding,” Neely said.
After new information came to light, the committee decided it would be best to cancel the offer. The committee’s statement did not elaborate on that information.
“We hope he continues to work with professionals and programs to enhance his academic and personal development,” Neely said.
Neely apologized to Meyers-Crothers and his family, as well as members of the organization, fans, partners and the community for signing off.
“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 caused,” Neely said. “We will continue to stand against bullying and racism in all its forms.”
Neely added, “Finally, as a father, I think there’s a lesson here for other young people. Go with the group mentality of careless behaviors and hurting others. Its effects can be felt throughout life.
The NHL commissioner said the Bruins did not consult the league before signing Miller Gary Bettman said On Saturday, Miller called what the 14-year-old did “reprehensible” and “unacceptable.”
“He’s not in the NHL. He’s not eligible at this point to be in the NHL. I can’t say he’s going to be eligible to be in the NHL,” Bettman said while speaking at the NHL Global Series in Tampere, Finland.
“So the answer is they were free to sign him to play somewhere else, that’s another league’s issue, but at this point nobody should think he’s NHL eligible or ever will be. The Bruins understand that now,” Bettman added.
The Arizona Coyotes drafted him in 2020, and the team revoked his rights after The Republic’s report revealed a bullying conviction.
CNN reached out to Miller’s rep for comment and did not immediately hear back.
when The Bruins initially signed MillerThe team provided a statement from the player, in which he said, “When I was in eighth grade, I made a very bad decision and acted very immaturely.”
“I deeply regret this incident and apologize to the person. “Since that incident, I have come to understand better the far-reaching consequences of my actions which I failed to recognize nearly seven years ago,” he said. “To be clear, what I did when I was 14 was wrong and unacceptable. There is no place in this world to disrespect others and I promise to use this opportunity to raise my voice against mistreatment of others.