Boston Bruins

  • The decision to sign Mitchell Miller has been one gigantic black eye for the Bruins. Even with Mitchell and the Bruins parting ways, the damage has been done, and the off-ice nonsense that follows is just beginning.

    But it’s a decision that’s brought a lot of trauma back to Miller’s victim, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, from the moment Miller signed on the dotted line. It’s one of the first things that Isiaah’s mother, Joni Meyer-Crothers, has brought up in her countless interviews since the signing.

    Wednesday came with Meyer-Crothers speaking for himself (and with the help of the Hockey Diversity Alliance), as he released his first statement since a weekend of self-inflicted chaos in Boston.

  • In a heartbreaking statement sent to Akim Aliu, Meyer-Crothers detailed the years of physical and mental abuse he endured at the hands of Miller, and touched on the idea that there’s any sort of friendship between the two, which had been floated out there by Miller’s agent, Eustace King, as recently as Monday night.

    “I am Isiaah Meyer-Brothers. I would like to make a statement. I have been bullied since I was in 1st grade,” the statement began. “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 that’s why I had 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 in 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 in 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 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 didn’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 wanted to be my friend. I told him, “That’s all 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.”

  • This statement from Meyer-Crothers only adds to what’s been a downright disastrous week for the Bruins, and only further highlights the embarrassing lack of due diligence on the part of the Bruins, who did not talk to Isaiah or his family at any point in their vetting process of signing Miller.

    Speaking with reporters on Monday, Bruins president Cam Neely, who looked like a man who had not slept since the team made the signing, said that there was ‘absolutely’ a problem with the team’s vetting process. He also did not rule out punishments for people in the organization for not doing their jobs properly in this case.

  • MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JULY 07: President Cam Neely and General Manager Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins look on during Round One of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 07, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 07: President Cam Neely and General Manager Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins look on during Round One of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 07, 2022. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

  • The Bruins’ problems with Miller are just beginning, as there could be an upcoming legal fight between the organization and Miller’s camp in regards to his contract.

    Barring a contract termination (and that would have to mutual, which is unlikely with no other team willing to touch Miller with a 10-foot pole), the sides are likely inching closer and closer towards a grievance or a potential buyout of Miller’s entry-level contract with the club.

    The Bruins signed Miller to a three-year deal worth $2.85 million in total, and with the maximum signing and performance bonuses built into the deal.

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