One man described how he was bullied for years by NHL prospect Mitchell Miller, three days after Boston Bruins president Cam Neely mentioned the staff had did not signal Miller to an entry-level contract. The Bruins have since rescinded the provide.
Isaiah Meyer-Crothers’ assertion acknowledged that Miller had reached out to him repeatedly over the previous month by way of textual content messages and social media platforms. However Meyer-Crothers’ account contradicts Miller’s agent, who mentioned the hockey participant acquired Meyer-Crothers’ “blessing” and help earlier than signing the terminated contract.
Within the prolonged assertion, launched by the Hockey Variety Alliance (HDA) on Wednesday by way of TwitterMeyer-Crothers detailed Miller’s alleged abuse that Meyer-Crothers says lasted for years beginning in elementary college.
Meyer-Crothers, who’s black, said: “Mitchell used to ask me to take a seat with him on the bus after which he and his mates would punch me within the head. It occurred on a regular basis at college.”
In his assertion, Meyer-Crothers alleges that Miller would spit in his face and name him the N-word. “He threw meals in my face. I used to be known as ‘n—–’ day-after-day,” the assertion reads.
CNN reached out to the HDA for remark.
Miller was convicted at age 14 of a bullying incident by which he and one other teenager had been accused of tricking Meyers-Crothers into consuming sweet that was positioned in a urinal, a report by The Arizona Republic has revealed.
Miller and one other teen admitted to bullying in an Ohio juvenile courtroom and had been sentenced to neighborhood service, based on The Republic.
Earlier than being known as up by the Coyotes in 2020, Miller despatched a letter to all 31 groups on the time, expressing regret for his actions.
“Once I was in eighth grade, I made a particularly dangerous determination and acted very immaturely,” Miller mentioned in a press release. “I bullied one among my classmates. I deeply remorse the incident and have apologized to the person. Because the incident, I’ve come to raised perceive the far-reaching penalties of my actions that I failed to acknowledge and perceive almost seven years in the past.”
The Coyotes would later relinquish Miller’s rights after the draft.
CNN reached out to Miller by his agent for remark.
Miller’s rep, longtime hockey agent Eustace King, appeared on The Cam & Strick podcast on Monday and mentioned: “He did what he did to a schoolmate and it isn’t proper. So, on the finish of the day, he’s reprehensible.
“There’s nothing I wish to say that is able to doing what Mitch did properly… Mitchell additionally had an argument with Isaiah earlier than signing his contract. And he needed to ensure, they usually talked on the telephone, that he had Isaiah’s blessing.
“And Isaiah mentioned, what I mentioned earlier than, ‘You are going to be nice time, God goes to deal with you. You could maintain doing the work we talked about. And so they talked about even working collectively.”
Meyer-Crothers described their interplay in another way.
“Mitchell just isn’t my pal,” his assertion learn. “It breaks my coronary heart what he did to me. So I simply needed to say to everybody – when Mitchell says we’re mates, it isn’t true.”
Meyer-Crothers additionally added within the assertion that she is receiving racist and degrading messages on social media, saying, “I am unable to take this anymore.”
CNN additionally reached out to Meyer-Crothers and her household for remark.
Neely apologized on Monday and mentioned the Bruins “failed” after the franchise canceled its contract with Miller.
Neely additionally apologized to Meyers-Crothers and his household.
“I’ll say it once more. I wish to apologize to Isaiah and his household,” he mentioned. “It is one thing they should not maintain going by.”