Boston Bruins cut Mitchell Miller, who had bullied classmate


The Boston Bruins parted ways Sunday with Mitchell Miller, the controversial defenseman they had signed to an entry-level contract on Friday, and issued a public apology to the victim of his bullying.

Miller, when he was 14, had admitted in an Ohio juvenile court to bullying a Black classmate who had developmental disabilities. The classmate, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, was tricked into licking a candy push pop that Miller and another boy had wiped in a bathroom urinal. The victim also told the Arizona Republic that Miller had used racial slurs around him.

“To Isaiah and his family, my deepest apologies if this signing made you and other victims feel unseen and unheard,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. “We apologize for the deep hurt and impact we have caused.”

The signing had generated immediate backlash, with Bruins players questioning the move and commissioner Gary Bettman saying that Miller, 20, wasn’t eligible to play in the NHL.

Mitchell Miller, a freshman at North Dakota, awaits word that the Arizona Coyotes selected him in the 2020 NHL Draft.

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General manager Don Sweeney said Friday that Miller had apologized to Meyer-Crothers and would enter community programs to educate him “about what being disrespectful does for you.”

But Meyer-Crothers’ mother, Joni, told WBZ Friday that Miller had bullied her son for years and that the player had reached out only last week via Instagram.



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