A student has apologized after pushing an empty wheelchair down a bar staircase.
Images of Carson Briere, the son of Philadelphia Flyers interim boss and former professional hockey player Danny Briere, have gone viral on social media.
It shows the 23-year-old with friends at the top of the stairs. He sits down in the wheelchair, before getting up and pushing him down the stairs.
In his apology, he said: “I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday. There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do whatever I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”
Danny Briere, 45, who took over as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers last week and played in the NHL for 17 seasons, expressed shock after seeing the incident.
“[Carson’s actions] were inexcusable and completely against our family values of treating people with respect,” he said. “Carson is truly sorry and accepts full responsibility for his behavior.”
The woman whose wheelchair was tweeted to say she was ‘so grateful’ for help from the bar and didn’t want to ‘keep a dime’ of the money given to her as a result of the incident. The woman who posted the original video to Twitter had started a gofundme page to raise money for a new wheelchair, which received over $8,800.
Carson Briere, who plays ice hockey for Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania, was previously fired from the Arizona State Hockey Club in 2019 for what the school called a violation of club rules. crew.
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Mercyhurst University condemned the incident on Twitter, writing, “The actions displayed in the video are heartbreaking to us and inconsistent with our Mercy belief in the inherent dignity of every person.
“Tradition also reminds us that students and all people who make bad choices deserve the opportunity to learn, change behavior, and atone for harmful actions.”
A statement from Mercyhurst Athletics added that three students have been provisionally suspended from their sports teams.