ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) — Mercyhurst University has placed three student-athletes on interim suspension following an incident at an Erie bar.
The university released another statement Wednesday evening after determining three of the people in the video are student-athletes:
“After conducting an initial investigation into the incidents depicted on social media, the Mercyhurst University Athletic Department has determined that three individuals in the video are student-athletes. We have placed all three on interim suspension from their athletic teams per school policy, pending the outcome of the investigative process.”
Video of the incident was captured on camera and posted to social media Tuesday:
It shows people walking up the stairs at a local bar and Mercyhurst men’s hockey junior Carson Briere pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down the steps, causing damage to the wheelchair.
Briere is the son of Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager and former NHL forward Danny Briere.
“I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday,” said Carson Briere in a statement. There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do whatever I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”
“I was shocked to see Carson’s actions in the video that was shared on social media yesterday,” said Danny Briere 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.”
Mercyhurst University also issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon:
“Mercyhurst University has heard a considerable outcry regarding the social media video of student Carson Briere showing him pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down a flight of stairs. Mr. Briere today issued a statement taking responsibility for his actions, and in doing so, he recognized his behavior reflects a “serious lack of judgment” and that he is “deeply sorry.” The actions displayed in the video make our hearts heavy and fall short of our Mercy belief in the inherent dignity of each person. 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.”
A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for a new wheelchair for its owner.