Bruins’ signature ‘Mitchell Miller’ stunned ‘family of bullying victim’ – mother says her son ‘not feeling well’ after news

Toronto – Saturday at Scotiabank Arena, Patrice BergeronAnd the Brad Marchand And the Nick Foligno They explained that they don’t support Employer signature Mitchell Miller. Johnny Mayer-Crothers, Isaiah’s mother, Miller’s victim Bullying and racist commentsI heard those statements.

“I was very impressed by what they said. I was very impressed,” said Meyer Crothers. the athlete. “It definitely gave us relief.”

It’s been a breath of relief in what Meyer Crothers has called a whirlwind since Bruins Miller signed his NHL entry contract on Friday. She couldn’t believe that the day would come.

“We were absolutely shocked,” Mayer-Kruthers said of herself, her husband Jimmy Crozer and her family. “I never thought the NHL team would sign him. I never thought of that in my wildest dreams. I was just stunned.”

Mayer-Krothers read the Bruins press release. She saw how General Manager Don Sweeney explained the signature. Sweeney noticed how Miller’s offensive style Gave him NHL potential.

“It’s sad that Mitchell and his family think his career trumps being a good person? That’s the kind of message that Bruins sends as well — that talent trumps what you do,” said Meyer Crothers. “I can’t say it enough. We want Mitchell to get the help he needs. Because he needs help too. So we’re not against that at all. But it’s a privilege for me to play hockey. Maybe he should have been rehabilitated, and then refocused and refocused.” Looking at him to play hockey after he was really rehabilitated and understanding how much he has done for our son.”

And as much as Meyer-Crothers appreciates what the Bruins players have said, you haven’t heard directly from anyone from the Bruins, either before or after the signing. (the athlete I reached out to Bruins for comment on this with no response.)

If she had heard of them, Mayer-Kruthers said she would have described how Isaiah and her family are still dealing with the fallout from Miller’s repeated abuse. She called Isaiah “not doing well at all” following Friday’s news of Miller’s signing.

“Every time this is brought up, it puts him back where he was,” Mayer-Krothers said of her adopted son. “To be sitting at the table with Mitchell in seventh grade, he had to say it was his N-word, or he had to sit alone in the lunchroom. All those things are on his mind all the time. It’s not valuable. That his life It doesn’t matter.He was told that his black mother and father didn’t love him,that’s why he had white parents.Imagine the identity problems that Isaiah deals with.

“He was already behind the eight ball because he had fetal alcohol syndrome and drug exposure. So cognitively, he’s really late. Then you add those things for a kid who just wants to have friends. Because he already knows he’s not working like other kids. He was tortured. This is where I struggle.”

After hearing Bergeron, Marchand and Foligno speak, Mayer Crothers said she would welcome the players into their home. She was explaining how Miller’s mistreatment affected Isaiah and her family. She was sharing the reports she received about Isaiah’s mental health.

Mayer-Crothers said she was not interested in speaking with Sweeney because of the way he explained the situation.

“No, I don’t want to talk to him. No,” said Meyer Crowthers. “He made it clear that it doesn’t really matter what we have to say.”

Meyer-Crothers and Crothers also said they did not want to talk to Miller. According to Crothers, Miller reached out to Isaiah on social media about a week and a half ago.

“It was a thing every time when Mitchell would turn around and try to join another hockey team,” Crothers said. “Last year, he had his own USHL team. Being drafted by Arizona. Every time this happens, everyone communicates with us and to him. This is the third or fourth time we have come across this circus, in the same situation. Each time, Mitchell chose not to communicate and never apologize.

“The only time he asked Isaiah to apologize to him was about a week and a half ago when Boston told him, ‘We won’t sign you unless you apologize.’ Then he decided, ‘Hey, I’d better accept Isaiah and apologize.’ At that point, he was sorry, but It wasn’t hockey related. He specifically told Isaiah that he was sorry, and that this was not hockey related, he really wanted to help the kids in a similar situation. That’s why he was reaching out. He tried to sit down with Isaiah and tell him he was sorry, but it was all because of it , because he was signed by Boston. It was about hockey. It wasn’t about the kids. It wasn’t about regret. It was about hockey. So it’s empty.”

Crothers and Meyer-Crothers are unhappy with Miller. They are also unhappy with the Bruins’ failure to acknowledge in their Friday press release Miller’s repeated harassment.

“The most important thing people need to know is that it’s not a one-time thing,” Mayer Crothers said. It was years and years and years of abuse and agony. Our son is an emotional mess at the hands of Mitchell. I am very grateful that the organization wants to help Mitchell. But you forgot that there was a victim who was traumatized for the rest of his life. What do we do with him? Because he does not have hockey talent, his life is not important? This is how we kind of feel.

“They keep using the word wrong. He made a ‘mistake’ when he was 14. My problem with Sweeney and with Mitchell is, let’s call it what it was. It’s been years of abuse. It wasn’t a one-off. Maybe it’s a stupid thing to do.” But what he really did is so much more. It was premeditated.”

Mayer Crothers concluded the interview with a closing statement.

“Isaiah falls victim over and over again because Mitchell is a good hockey player,” she said. “So it looks like you don’t have to show that you’ve grown up and regret being a good hockey player, and that trumps everything that Isaiah went through. So it downplays what Isaiah went through and makes him feel like he went through it all in vain. That his life doesn’t matter. And his life matters.” His life is very important.”

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