The only African-American player in the New York Rangers' organization tweeted Monday evening declaring his support in the movement for racial justice.
K'Andre Miller, a 20-year-old defenseman who signed his entry-level contract in March, posted a thoughtful statement that delved into what it's like being a black hockey player, writing, "it’s time to let black people be judged based on who we are not what we look like.”
The former first-round pick began by recalling a highly publicized incident during a video conference on the platform Zoom shortly after his signing. The chat was hijacked, with racial slurs being hurled at Miller in the written comments section.
"It’s something that I won’t ever forget," Miller wrote, adding that he was hesitant to address it at the time due to "many other priorities in the world," specifically the coronavirus pandemic.
Miller grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, near where George Floyd was recently killed while police restrained him and compressed his neck, which sparked national protest and unrest.