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Mitchell Miller: Boston Bruins president says team ‘failed’ to sign controversial prospect

Mitchell Miller: Boston Bruins president says team ‘failed’ to sign controversial prospect



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Boston Bruins president Cam Neely apologized and said the team “failed” to sign prospect Mitchell Miller.

The National Hockey League (NHL) deemed Miller ineligible to join the team due to a bullying incident involving the player as a teenager. Boston signed Miller to an entry-level contract on Friday and then rescinded him on Sunday.

“I’m extremely upset that we made a lot of people unhappy with our decision,” Neely said at a news conference Monday. “I’m proud of the Bruins organization and what we stand for, and we fell short there.

“We like to take pride in what we do in the community and hold ourselves accountable,” Neely said. “We dropped the ball and I’m here to apologize for that.”

Miller was convicted at age 14 of a bullying incident in which he and another teenager were accused of tricking black classmate Isaiah Meyers-Crothers into eating candy that had been placed in a urinal, a The Arizona Republic reports.

Miller and another teenager admitted to the harassment in an Ohio juvenile court and were sentenced to community service, according to The Republic.

Neely also apologized to Meyers-Crothers and her family.

“I’ll say it again. I want to apologize to Isaiah and his family,” Neely said. “It’s something that shouldn’t continue to happen.”

CNN reached out to Miller’s representatives, 02K Management, but they were not immediately available for a response.

In a statement posted on Twitter On Sunday, Eustace King, Miller’s agent, said: “The decision to take on Mitchell Miller as a client was not one that 02K Sports Management took lightly.

“As one of the few black NHL agents in the league, a member of the NHL’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and as a black man who has spent his entire life in hockey, I understand the gravity of the situation and respect the ferocious emotions.and reactions to initial reports and comments about Mr. Miller’s past behavior.

O2K Sports Management would not have agreed to represent Mitchell without months of research, deliberation, introspection within our organization and discussions with outside counsel.

“Additionally, as we deliberated whether to represent Mitchell, we learned over the past six years that Mitchell has volunteered with organizations such as: Spread the Word Campaign, Little Miracles, Adaptive Sports of Ohio, Gliding Stars.”

The Bruins have said they were aware of Miller’s conviction but offered a contract because the team believed the harassment was “an isolated incident and that he had taken significant steps to reform. …”

Miller was let go based on new information, Neely said Sunday. Asked Monday what the new information was, Neely said, “Not talking to the family worried me.”

Neely said he plans to reach out to the family.

Asked why the organization didn’t reach out to the family before the signing, Neely said, “That’s a big question. Something I have to figure out.”

Neely also addressed why the team decided to sign Miller.

“The timing was never, it would probably be good,” he said. “It came down to whether we do it or not, and we made the wrong decision.

“I believe in second chances, but maybe some don’t deserve it. I’m not saying it in particular in this situation, but I do believe in second chances.”

“From everything I’ve heard, he was working on himself, working on programs to improve himself,” Neely said. “I was under the impression that he was a 14-year-old boy who made a very, very bad decision and did horrible things, and now he’s 20. I was under the impression that he, in the last six years, had worked a lot on himself “.

Neely said he did not speak to Miller about the team’s decision to let him go.





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