November 10, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

Boston Bruins cut ties with Mitchell Miller

posted by tommybiden at 08:37 AM on November 10, 2022

The whole episode really sheds a lot of light on who Cam Neely is. The guy is sitting on a Stanley Cup favorite and what looks to be the most together team throughout the roster and he pulls this move. What an absolutely brutal decision.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:15 PM on November 10, 2022

The whole Miller story is really problematic on a lot of levels. On one hand, he was clearly a horrible human being who made another young man's life a living hell for a very long time. In an adult, I'd say that his actions were unforgiveable. In a kid? It seems like there is a point at which there should be some forgiveness for his transgressions. Nothing I've read yet indicates that he has earned the privilege of forgiveness, but that path should exist on some level.

So the overall questions are (i) can he ever atone for his actions? and (ii) how?

posted by tahoemoj at 02:26 PM on November 10, 2022

The ball was in Miller's hands. The release yesterday got a lot of media coverage and suggests Miller has never bothered to reach out to apologize at all. Mind boggling that either Miller or someone close to him wouldn't have offered guidance on how he was throwing away an opportunity most of us could never dream of by his ignorance. Any apology even if it was insincere would have helped his case. Now unfortunately it would appear the window for his opportunity has slammed shut.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:47 PM on November 10, 2022

Agreed, cixelsyd. With the spotlight shining brightly on him, it was a golden opportunity to make a very strong, very public statement of contrition and commitment to work toward earning the trust of the NHL and its fans. My simple 3 step solution:

1. I unreservedly apologize to Isiah Myer-Crothers...insert some ownership of damage here.

2. I understand that what I did was wrong and WHY it was wrong...insert somthing to show you have made an effort to understand what the big deal is.

3. I commit $X of every NHL contract I sign and/or X hours of my time toward ending bullying.

Then wait.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:50 PM on November 10, 2022

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