Carson Briere, son of Flyers GM Danny Briere, suspended for pushing wheelchair down stairs
Mercyhurst University hockey player Carson Briere, the son of Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Danny Briere, and two other student-athletes have been suspended after Briere pushed an unoccupied wheelchair down a flight of stairs at a bar.
A video was posted on Twitter on Tuesday by a person who said they worked at Sullivan's Pub in Erie, Pennsylvania, showing the incident that took place on Saturday. The stairs lead to the restrooms, and the wheelchair's owner had been carried downstairs to use the facilities.
"After conducting an initial investigation into the incidents depicted on social media, the Mercyhurst athletics department has determined that three individuals in the video are student-athletes," the athletics department said in a statement Wednesday. "We have placed all three on interim suspension from their athletics teams per school policy, pending the outcome of the investigative process."
I usually don’t post anything serious on my twitter but something happened Saturday night and just can’t stomach the thought of this kid getting away with it. In the video below is a @MercyhurstU student and is currently on the @HurstMensHockey team. Carson Briere. pic.twitter.com/kWWlEYEc7V
— julia (@juliazukowski) March 14, 2023
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Carson, 23, who's in his third season with the Mercyhurst hockey team, issued an apology on Wednesday.
“I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday," he said in a statement released through the Flyers. "There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do whatever I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”
A Go Fund Me page was set up to raise money to purchase a new wheelchair and was cut off at $8,811. The wheelchair's owner went on social media to say she would rather give the money "to those who need it."
Hi im Sydney and it was my chair that was pushed down the stairs. I’m so thankful for all of Sullivan’s help in this situation and the kind comments I see on Julia’s post. I swear I really don’t wanna keep a cent of the donated money, I’d much rather give it to those who need it. pic.twitter.com/1I5q05jdeO
— Sydney (@_legless_wonder) March 16, 2023
She later clarified that she would pay for wheelchair repairs out of the donated money, "but all the rest is going to the disabled community and to people who really need the help."
Briere, then a redshirt freshman, had been dismissed from the Arizona State hockey team in 2019 for violating undisclosed team rules, according to the Erie Times-News.
"The actions displayed in the video make our hearts heavy and fall short of our Mercy belief in the inherent dignity of each person," the university, based in Erie, said in a statement. "We pray for and are in solidarity with the victim and all persons with disabilities who rightfully find actions like this to be deeply offensive. Our Mercy tradition also reminds us that students and all people who make poor choices deserve opportunities to learn, change behaviors and atone for harmful actions."
Danny Briere, a former Flyers star, was promoted to interim GM after the Flyers fired Chuck Fletcher on Friday. He had been a special assistant to Fletcher.
“I was shocked to see Carson’s actions in the video that was shared on social media yesterday," he said in a statement. "They are inexcusable and run completely counter to our family’s values on treating people with respect. Carson is very sorry and accepts full responsibility for his behavior.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Carson Briere suspended for pushing wheelchair down flight of stairs