Recently, the NHL team the Philadelphia Flyers contracted player Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. In 2015, Bellemare was caught on video bullying a Black classmate with disabilities. This bullying caught the attention of many people and it eventually led to his NHL contract being revoked. Bellemare’s actions were inexcusable and they should not be tolerated in any industry. It’s clear that he didn’t understand the harm that he was inflicting on this young person. Now, we need to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. We have to teach young people about empathy and understanding, so that they can understand that everyone is deserving of respect.
Complaints about Miller drew national attention in 2020
Miller was released from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 8, 2020, days after a video of him berating and mocking a Black classmate with disabilities went viral. The incident drew national attention, with people calling for the NHL team to pull its contract from Miller.
In the video, Miller is shown confronting his classmate while they are in school. He can be heard making fun of her pronunciation and calling her “dumb” and “retarded.” He also tells her that she isn’t “man enough” to do anything and that she should just stay at home.
The backlash against Miller was swift. Hundreds of people took to social media to voice their anger at what he had done. Many called for him to be fired from his job or disowned by his family.
Miller issued an apology on Feb. 12, 2020, admitting that he had been wrong and had acted out of anger and frustration over the situation. He said that he had never meant any of the things he had said to his classmate and that he was sorry for causing her pain.
Despite Miller’s apology, many people were still angry with him. The NHL team decided to cut ties with him shortly after releasing a statement saying that it did not condone his actions or how he had treated the victim in the video.
Miller was (once again) on his way to the NHL
Miller was (once again) on his way to the NHL. The talented forward had just finished up his collegiate career at Boston University and was looking to take the next step in his career. However, things went south when he was accused of bullying a Black classmate with disabilities.
The alleged victim said that Miller would call her names and make fun of her appearance. She also accused him of throwing a soda can at her head once. In response, Miller’s team released a statement saying that they were “disappointed” in him and that he would no longer be playing for them.
It’s unfortunate that this story has resurfaced just as Miller is about to take the next step in his hockey career. Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson for him and other young players not to bully others regardless of their race or disability.
Miller and his agent say he’s been working to change
Miller, the player in question, has been trying to make changes for some time now. His agent, J.P. Barry, told the New York Times that Miller had been working with a therapist and trying to learn about different cultures and how to better interact with people of other backgrounds. Barry also said that Miller is remorseful for his actions and wants to make amends.
The NHL team’s decision comes after multiple reports of bullying from Miller’s victim, who is also autistic. In one instance, Miller was caught on video making fun of the student while they were waiting in line at a store. The victim told reporters that he felt like he couldn’t escape Miller and that his life was being ‘turned upside down.’
Barry says that the team’s decision isn’t based on punishment but rather rehabilitation. “It’s more important than anything else to try to help him,” Barry said.
Bruins players spoke out against Miller’s bullying
The Boston Bruins have decided to terminate the contract of forward Riley Miller after he was accused of bullying a Black classmate with disabilities. Miller made headlines earlier this year when he was caught on video harassing and berating his classmate, who is nonverbal and uses a wheelchair. “We are deeply troubled by the allegations of misconduct against Riley Miller and have taken action pursuant to our human resources policy,” the Bruins said in a statement. “Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is steadfast and we will continue to work hard to ensure that all members of our organization feel welcome and respected.” Miller has denied any wrongdoing and issued an apology for his behavior, but the team’s decision to terminate his contract is a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated. The Bruins’ decision comes as good news for the victim, who has spoken publicly about her experience with Miller. “I’m really grateful because this could’ve been really bad,” she said in an interview with NESN. “It feels really good that people care about me enough to stand up for me.”
On May 5th, 2016, Riley Miller was caught on video harassing and berating his classmate, who is nonverbal and uses a wheelchair. The video quickly went viral, sparking widespread condemnation from around the hockey world. In response, the Boston Bruins took action and terminated their forward’s contract effective immediately.
Miller has since issued an apology for his behavior but denies any wrongdoing. He claims he was only disciplining his classmate like any