Boston Bruins President Blames Mitchell Miller Signing On Team Vetting Failure

NHL: Winter Classic Press Conference
Jul 29, 2015; Foxboro, MA, USA; Boston Bruins president Cam Neely speaks to the media during a press conference for the Winter Classic hockey game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

According to Boston Bruins President Cam Neely, signing 20-year-old Mitchell Miller was not only the biggest failure in his career as an NHL executive, but also a major failure in the Bruins’ vetting process. The Bruins reportedly intended on sending the defenseman to AHL Providence after locking Miller into an entry-level contract.

An article that was recently published accused Miller of assaulting and bullying his former middle school classmate Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a Black classmate with developmental disabilities. Miller has allegedly been bullying Meyer-Crothers since the beginning of second grade, according to Meyer-Crothers’ mother.

After heavy backlash from fans, fellow players and even Commissioner Gary Bettman, the Bruins released Miller on Sunday.

“I’m extremely upset that we have made a lot of people unhappy with our decision. I take a lot of pride in the Bruins organization and what we stand for, and we failed there,” Neely said as part of his statement.

“We like to take pride in what we do in the community and we hold ourselves accountable. We dropped the ball, and I’m here to apologize,” Neely said. “I’ll say it again: I want to apologize to Isaiah and his family. It’s something that they shouldn’t continue to go through.”

The team president said his intentions were to set up a meeting with the Meyers-Crother family, a move he said the team failed to do prior to signing Miller.

ESPN has more HERE.

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