Mitchell Miller: Bullied as a teenager by Boston Bruins signee, denies supporting player

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A man has described how he was bullied for years by NHL prospect Mitchell Miller, three days after Boston Bruins president Cam Neely said the team failed in signing to Miller an entry-level contract. The Bruins have since rescinded the offer.

Isaiah Meyer-Crothers’ statement acknowledged that Miller contacted him several times over the past month via text and social media platforms. But Meyer-Crothers’ account contradicted Miller’s agent, who said the hockey player received Meyer-Crothers’ “blessing” and support before signing the now terminated contract.

In the lengthy statement released by the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA) Wednesday via TwitterMeyer-Crothers detailed Miller’s alleged abuse which Meyer-Crothers said spanned years from elementary school.

Meyer-Crothers, who is black, said: “Mitchell used to ask me to sit with him on the bus and then he and his friends would hit me on the head. It happened all my time at school.

In his statement, Meyer-Crothers alleges that Miller would spit in his face and call him the N-word. “He threw food in my face. I was called ‘n—–’ every day,” the statement read.

CNN has contacted the HDA for comment.

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

Miller and another teenager admitted to being bullied in Ohio juvenile court and were sentenced to community service, according to The Republic.

Before being drafted by the Coyotes in 2020, Miller sent a letter to all 31 teams at the time, expressing remorse for his actions.

“When I was in eighth grade, I made an extremely bad decision and acted very immature,” Miller said in a statement. “I harassed one of my classmates. I deeply regret the incident and have apologized to the person. Since the incident, I have come to better understand the profound consequences of my actions that I had not acknowledged or understood nearly seven years ago.

The Coyotes would later relinquish the rights to Miller after the draft.

CNN has reached out to Miller through her agent for comment.

Miller’s rep, longtime hockey agent Eustace King, appeared on The Cam & Strick podcast on Monday and said, “He did what he did to a classmate and it’s not not good. So ultimately, it’s reprehensible.

“There’s nothing I want to say that can make what Mitch did right…Mitchell also had a discussion with Isaiah before he signed his contract. And he wanted to make sure, and they talked on the phone, that he had the blessing of Isaiah.

“And Isaiah said, what I’ve said before, ‘You’re going to be great, God’s going to watch over you. You have to keep doing the work we talked about. And they even talked about working together.

Meyer-Crothers described their interaction differently.

“Mitchell is not my friend,” his statement said. “It hurts my heart what he did to me. So I just wanted to tell everyone – when Mitchell says we’re friends, that’s not true.

Meyer-Crothers also added in the statement that he was receiving racist and demeaning messages on social media, saying, “I can’t take it anymore.”

CNN has also reached out to Meyer-Crothers and her family for comment.

Neely apologized Monday and said the Bruins “failed” after the franchise canceled its contract with Miller.

Neely also apologized to Meyers-Crothers and her family.

“I will repeat it. I want to apologize to Isaiah and his family,” he said. “It’s something they shouldn’t continue to go through.”

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