The son of Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Danny Breyer has been charged after video posted on social media showed him and another Mercyhurst University athlete pushing an empty wheelchair down a staircase.
Police in Erie, Pennsylvania, have filed charges of criminal hooliganism, criminal conspiracy to commit mischief and disorderly conduct against Carson Brier, 23, who completed his third season of hockey in Mercyhurst.
Patrick Carotzi, who is listed as a standout member of the school’s lacrosse team, faces the same three counts, according to documents filed with County Judge Sue Mack. The two are scheduled to appear in court on May 22.
Brier and Carrozzi are seen on surveillance video at the top of the stairs at a local pub, as they push the wheelchair down the stairs on March 11.
Police say their actions present a potential danger to anyone walking up the stairs, while also creating a dangerous situation by blocking the stairs.
Police have charged Carson Breyer (left), son of Flyers interim general manager Danny Breyer (right)
Video posted on social media showed Brier, 6, who plays for Mercyhurst, and teammate Patrick Carrozzi pushing an empty wheelchair down stairs at a local pub.
The owner of the wheelchair, known as Sydney Benes, filed a complaint saying that falling down the stairs damaged the left brake handle, broke the plastic molding of the right armrest, bent the rear handle and caused the wheels to drag when moving forward. Bennis said the wheelchair was purchased a year ago at a cost of $2,000.
It is not clear whether Briere or Carrozzi have attorneys who can speak for them.
Breyer and two other athletes were placed on temporary suspensions while the school investigated.
A message seeking comment left with a spokeswoman for the Mercyhurst sports department was not immediately returned.
Last week, the 23-year-old Brier apologized in a statement released via the NHL’s Flyers.
“I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday,” he said.
“There is no excuse for my actions, and I will do everything I can to make up for this serious lack of judgment.”
Sydney Benes, 22, who lost both legs in a car accident in 2021, was using the basement toilet at Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Saturday when she discovered her wheelchair at the bottom of the stairs was damaged. “All I had in mind was: ‘God, I hope this was an accident, I really hope someone accidentally hit her in some way,'” she said.
Prairie (No. 6) apologized for his behavior last week, saying ‘there is no excuse for my actions’
Last week, Bennis, 22, who lost both legs in a car crash in 2021, said she was using the downstairs toilet at Sullivan’s Irish pub when she discovered her wheelchair at the bottom of the stairs was damaged.
She had gone downstairs to the bathroom with the help of a security guard and left her chair upstairs.
“All I had in mind was: ‘God, I hope this was an accident, I really hope someone accidentally hit her in some way,'” she said. Inside Edition.
They were laughing at that. It was really hurtful, disrespectful and kind of heartbreaking.
“Carson was told to come and apologize to me, and the apology was completely insincere,” she said.
People would say, “Oh, he’s acting like a kid.” No child would throw a wheelchair down the stairs, in my opinion, because they have a heart and morals.
Bennis had both of her legs amputated two years ago after a car accident and her vital chair is now severely damaged.
“The brakes are bent, which makes them a little harder to lock,” she told Inside Edition. “The armrest is broken, and we think the frame is bent.”
a GoFundMe for it, which raised more than $8,000 before it closed. Bennis said she will use the money to replace or repair her chair. Any remaining amount you will donate to other disabled people.
Sydney (pictured), the disabled woman whose wheelchair was destroyed after the son of a former National Hockey League player pushed him down the stairs
Breyer was forced by the staff to apologize, but Benes said he was being dishonest. People would say, “Oh, he’s acting like a kid.” No child would throw a wheelchair down the stairs, in my opinion, because they have a heart and morals.
“I’d rather take this and turn it into a learning experience for everyone,” she told the outlet. I prefer to make people more aware of the things disabled people have to go through. We just want a little help, a little understanding.
This comes after she originally said she would decline $8,000 in cash.
“I swear I really don’t want to keep a cent of the money donated, I’d rather give it to those who need it,” she wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.
In another tweet, she added that Sullivan’s security staff “did Carson come to apologize but he was so insincere,” claiming that after his apology he immediately asked “Do I still have to go?” After being asked to leave the bar.
Danny Breyer, who was promoted to manage the Flyers after Chuck Fletcher was fired two weeks earlier, said he was shocked to see his son’s actions and called them “inexcusable”, while saying his son “takes full responsibility for his behaviour”.
Mercyhurst previously released a statement saying the actions shown in the video fall short of the school’s “belief in the inherent dignity of every person,” adding that the school’s tradition “also reminds us that students and all people who make bad choices deserve opportunities to learn, change behavior and atone.” harmful acts.
Carson Brier was previously expelled from the Arizona State Hockey Club in 2019 due to what the school described as a violation of team rules.
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