The Boston Bruins have retained former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct an unbiased evaluate of their player-vetting course of after they signed prospect Mitchell Miller after which minimize ties with him two days later amid intense backlash.
The Bruins introduced on Tuesday that Lynch, of the legislation agency of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, will “conduct an independent review of our player-vetting process” and be sure that “our process going forward reflects our core values.”
Boston stated it’s going to totally cooperate with the evaluate and can publicly disclose the outcomes.
“The Boston Bruins strive every day to live our values and meet the high standards our associates, fans and community have come to expect,” the Bruins stated in an announcement launched Tuesday. “This includes treating everyone inside and outside our organization with dignity and respect. We recently fell short of our high standards and disappointed both ourselves and many in our community.”
The Bruins signed Miller, a 20-year-old defenseman, to an entry-level contract on Nov. 4 with the intention of sending him to AHL Providence. The workforce, nevertheless, introduced on Nov. 6 that it was slicing ties with Miller after intense backlash from followers, the workforce’s gamers and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Miller stays underneath contract with the workforce and is technically nonetheless a member of Providence. Among the choices for the Bruins: pay Miller to remain dwelling for this season after which purchase him out on the finish of the 12 months for one-third of his NHL wage; or to work with Miller and the NHLPA on a settlement that will enable him to turn out to be a free agent.
He was a fourth-round decide of the Arizona Coyotes in 2020, however his draft rights have been relinquished when a narrative was revealed about how he and one other center faculty classmate have been convicted in juvenile courtroom in 2016 of assaulting and bullying Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a Black classmate with developmental disabilities.
In the report, Meyer-Crothers’ mom alleged Miller started abusing her son in second grade and repeatedly used racial slurs. Miller admitted in an Ohio juvenile courtroom that he used racial epithets in opposition to Meyer-Crothers, bodily assaulted him and at one level tricked him into “licking a candy push pop that Miller and another boy had wiped in a bathroom urinal,” in response to a police report.
Fans have been outraged by the signing of Miller, and Bruins veterans akin to Nick Foligno and Patrice Bergeron expressed disappointment. Bettman reiterated Miller wasn’t cleared by his workplace to play for the Bruins and “I can’t tell you that he’ll ever be eligible to come into the NHL.”
On Nov. 7, Boston president Cam Neely expressed concern over failures within the workforce’s vetting course of in signing Miller. He cited “new information” when the workforce walked away from Miller on Nov. 6. Neely stated the truth that the Bruins by no means reached out to the household of Meyer-Crothers “was concerning” and that it was “absolutely” an issue with the workforce’s vetting course of.