After reports surfaced that hockey player Mitchell Mitchell allegedly bullied a Black student with developmental disabilities in middle school, a contract offer was rescinded.
According to the NHL, the prospect signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on Friday before the organization canceled the offer two days later.
Bruins team president Cam Neely revealed the revelation that prompted the team’s decision in a written statement.
“THE DECISION TO SIGN THIS YOUNG MAN WAS MADE AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE FACTS AS WE WERE AWARE OF THEM: THAT AT 14 YEARS OLD HE MADE A POOR DECISION THAT LED TO A JUVENILE CONVICTION.”Loading...
“We understood this to be an isolated incident and that he had taken meaningful action to reform and was committed to ongoing personal development. Based on that understanding we offered him a contract.
“Based on new information, we believe it is the best decision at this time to rescind the opportunity for Mitchell Miller to represent the Boston Bruins. We hope that he continues to work with professionals and programs to further his education and personal growth.”
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 7, 2022
The Arizona Coyotes selected the 20-year-old defenseman in the fourth round with the 111th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, and he was offered an entry-level contract on October 7. After the Arizona Republic reported that Miller had been involved in several bullying incidents with a Black student with special needs in Sylvania, Ohio, the Coyotes relinquished Miller’s rights just 22 days later.
Isaiah Meyer-Crother, the bullied boy, stated that the incidents occurred in 2016, when he was only 14 years old. Miller was charged with assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act, and he admitted in court to his involvement in the incidents.
Don Sweeney, the Bruins’ general manager, said he struggled with the decision to sign Miller, discussing it with his family members. After hearing team members publicly express their concerns and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman declare that the player was not cleared to play in the NHL, the Bruins knew they had to part ways with Miller.