The Boston Bruins signed a controversial 20-year-old man, convicted of assaulting a disabled black classmate in high school, to an entry contract Friday.
Mitchell Miller, who was 14 at the time of the 2016 bullying scandal, tricked Isaiah Meyer-Kruthers, into licking a candy bar that had been wiped in the bathroom urinal, Which led to the Meyer-Crothers test for hepatitis, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
Miller was also accused of calling 14-year-old Mayer Crothers “Brownie” and “N-word” while repeatedly hitting him during their childhood in Toledo, Ohio, According to the Republic of Arizona.
General Manager Bruins Cam Nelly issued a statement About Miller’s signature.
“Representing the Boston Bruins is a privilege that we take very seriously as an organization,” said Neely.
“Mitchell was responsible for his unacceptable behavior and demonstrated his commitment to working with many organizations and professionals to continue his education and to use his error as a moment that can be taught to others.”
In the same statement released by Bruins, Mitchell said he will continue to educate himself and share his mistakes with others while playing for the organization.
Originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in 2020, Miller has not yet played in the NHL.
The team severed ties with Miller weeks later, along with the University of North Dakota, where the young defender played college hockey. After scrutiny from the public and the media.
Miller spent the last two seasons in the USHL before signing with the Bruins. The team has reportedly evaluated Miller for several weeks.
On Friday, in an interview with CBS Boston NewsIsaiah’s mother, Joni Meyer-Crothers, said Miller reached out to her son on Instagram a week before Bruins signed an apology to him for the first time ever.
“About a week and a half ago, Mitchell reached out to our son on Instagram to tell him that he was sorry and that it was definitely not hockey related.”
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