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Isaiah Meyer-Crothers Speaks Out About Mitchell Miller’s Bullying

Isaiah Meyer-Crothers Speaks Out About Mitchell Miller’s Bullying

Isaiah Meyer-Crothers has spoken out.

NHL prospect Mitchell Miller was convicted of assaulting Meyer-Crothers, who is black and developmentally disabled, in 2016 when Mitchell was 14 years old. The Boston Bruins signed Mitchell to an entry agreement on Friday, but finally he rescinded the offer earlier this week due to the backlash against his past bullying.

On Wednesday, the Hockey Diversity Alliance released a statement from Meyer-Crothers on Twitter.

“I’ve been bullied since I was in 1st grade,” she wrote. “There weren’t many black kids at my school. They called me ‘brownie’ and ‘n—–’. The kids said my black mom and dad didn’t love me, that’s why I had white parents. Mitchell he would ask me to sit with him on the bus and then he and his friends would punch me in the head.This happened to me throughout my time at school.

Mitchell Miller's offer to play for the Bruins was rescinded.
Mitchell Miller’s offer to play for the Bruins was rescinded.
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“When I was in middle school, Mitchell spat in my face and called me the N-word. I stopped explaining because I was called a snitch and made fun of. I had to say it was ‘his n—–’ to sit at his table and he made me clean the whole table. He threw food in my face. They called me ‘n—–’ every day.”

Miller was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2020 draft and his pursuit of Meyer-Crothers immediately attracted attention. Among the bullying incidents, Miller had tricked Meyer-Crothers into licking candy that had been cleaned in a bathroom urinal. The Coyotes he eventually gave up his rights to the projectand has been playing in the USHL for the past two years.

“The office was telling me to get away from him because he wasn’t my friend,” Meyer-Crothers’ statement continued. “Once he was kicked out of school, his friends started bullying me. He pretended to be my friend and made me do things I didn’t want to do. In high school, I was beaten.

“Everybody thought I was so cool, but I don’t see how anyone can be cool when you’re fixated on someone and stalking someone your whole life. In mid-October, they texted me constantly every day until I texted back from Mitchell Miller’s Snapchat and IG. He asked me why I always have my parents doing things for me and why can’t I speak up for myself. I told him I don’t care what my parents say, I’m old enough to speak for me.”

Meyer-Crothers, who previously said Miller never apologized to him directly until a week and a half before he signed with the Bruins, did not accept the apology.

“He told me he was sorry and [that the apology] it didn’t involve hockey. He told me he was doing things in the community and helping young people and he wanted to be my friend,” Meyer-Crothers wrote. “I said, ‘That’s fine, but, but, where’s the proof?’ He didn’t give me one [proof]. All the lies I’ve been told about him over the years I don’t believe what Mitchell told me. He kept asking me to be his friend and that over the years he has changed from what he did. I told him, “I’m not just going to be your friend after all you did to me.”

Bruins president Cam Neely talks to reporters about Mitchell Miller.
Bruins president Cam Neely talks to reporters about Mitchell Miller.
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Meyer-Crothers said she has been receiving hateful messages on social media calling her a “slow, retarded clown” and a “stupid n—–.”

The statement concluded: “Mitchell is not my friend. It hurts my heart what he did to me. So I just wanted to say to everyone: When Mitchell says we’re friends, it’s not true. I can’t take it anymore ‘this”.





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