As the parent of a special needs child, I'm probably more sensitive to this than the average sports fan, but this is really disappointing and takes a lot of the joy out of what has been a really fun start to the Bruins season. Like, I'm literally on the verge of tears imaging something like that could happen to my son. I 100% believe in second chances, particularly for people who do terrible things as children or young adults, because I think people are capable of growth and change and Miller is no different in this regard. But just because people can grow and change doesn't mean that everyone does grow and change. My issue here is we have no real evidence Miller isn't the same horrible person that tortured another kid for years. I don't need to see self-flagellation on TV or anything, but the next hint of shame or remorse will be the first.
From a team chemistry perspective, this seems like a massive risk to me. I can't imagine feeling good about having this guy in the locker room period, but especially for the number of players that are parents.
Thank you. This is how I feel as well.
A few things really stick out for me here. One is that, as others have noted, his recent statement minimizes what he did and the harm he caused by referring to a single incident. If, as an adult, he was truly contrite, shouldn’t his statement be more accurate and honest? Another problem for me is that he wrote and sent letters to 31 NHL teams, apologizing to them,
but he’s never thought about sending a letter of apology to his victim? That’s a failure on his part, as an adult. And it really causes me to doubt his sincerity and contrition. A third issue, if the victim’s mother is correct, is that he lied in his recent IG/Snapchat attempt to apologize when he said that it wasn’t hockey related. Sweeney just told us that the team required him to reach out to the family. So it pretty clearly was hockey related.
To me, these are red flags. I wouldn’t have signed him. In fact, given all this, if I were a hiring manager at 7-11, I wouldn’t hire him to work there, either. I believe in second chances, especially for things done as a kid, but you have to earn the second chance. I don’t think Miller has.