Are you ready for this?
Seriously, if you’ve been away from social media all day, you’d better sit down for this one.
The Boston Bruins announced they have signed renounced Arizona Coyotes draft pick Mitchell Miller, who assaulted, bullied and abused a Black Classmate, to an Entry Level Contract.
Bruins fans get accused of being many things, but one thing I can say for certain is at the top of their list when it comes to players who pull on the Spoked B? Those players had better be high character people. This signing does not sit well with fans, and they are out in full force voicing their outrage (in many cases).
Miller was charged with assault and violation of the Ohio Safe Schools Act in February 2016 after he admitted to bullying Isaiah Meter-Crothers.
In 2020, Meyer-Crothers went public to the Arizona Republic and let it be known how he felt after the Coyotes selected Miller and the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. After the news came out, the Coyotes renounced the rights to Miller.
In a statement, Bruins President Cam Neely said Miller was “accountable for his unacceptable behavior and demonstrated his commitment to work with multiple organizations and professionals to further his education and use his mistake as a teachable moment for others.”
Neely went on to say, “the expectation is that he will continue this important educational work with personal development and community programs as a member of the Bruins organization,”
In a statement released by the Bruins, Miller said “I strive to be a better person and positively contribute to society. As a member of the Bruins organization, I will continue to participate in community programs to both educate myself and share my mistakes with others to show what a negative impact those actions can have on others.”
For his part, General Manager Don Sweeney admitted that the leadership group (players) were made aware if the intention to sign Miller and that some of them voiced concerns.
Those of you that know me know that when it comes to the Bruins I am a very patient person. I try to find a silver lining in everything they do off the ice and try and look at things from the managements perspective and understand why a move is made. And on many, many, many occasions I have defended management’s moves.
On this move, today? I don’t even want to try and defend it, understand it or accept it.
I just hate it.