A college athlete's hockey team suspended him after he pushed an unoccupied wheelchair down stairs.
Carson Briere is the son of Daniel Briere, the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The woman who owns the wheelchair was getting help using the restroom when Briere pushed it.
The son of a professional ice-hockey manager has been suspended from his college-hockey team after a video of him pushing an empty wheelchair down the stairs of a bar went viral.
In the video, Carson Briere, a Mercyhurst University student and the son of the Philadelphia Flyers' interim general manager Daniel Briere, pushes an empty wheelchair down the stairs of Sullivan's Pub & Eatery in Erie, Pennsylvania.
—julia (@juliazukowski) March 14, 2023
The Mercyhurst men's hockey team suspended him, along with two other unnamed teammates seen in the viral video.
Brier has apologized for his actions. "I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday," he said, adding that, "There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do whatever I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment," per AP.
In a statement Mercyhurst University posted to their Facebook page, a spokesperson said Briere's actions "make our hearts heavy and fall short of the Mercy belief in the inherent dignity of each person."
"We pray for and are in solidary with the victim and all persons with disabilities who rightfully find actions like these to be deeply offensive," they added.
Sydney Benes, a double amputee, owns the wheelchair. At the time of the incident, she had left her wheelchair at the top of the stairs while her friend, Julia Zukowski, who posted the video to Twitter, carried her to the bathroom.
Zukowski also set up a fundraiser for Benes to raise $1,500 to replace the broken wheelchair.
—Sydney (@_legless_wonder) March 16, 2023
Zukowski has raised nearly $9,000, and Benes has announced that she will be using the money to replace her chair, but that all extra funds will go "to the disabled community and to people who really need the help."
On Twitter, Benes said, "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."
In another tweet, she said that the security staff at Sullivan's made Briere come apologize, but Benes said it felt "very insincere." After the apology, she said Briere asked, "Do I still have to go?" after staff told him to leave the bar.
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