Carson Briere, the 23-year-old son of the Philadelphia Flyers’ interim general manager, is being charged with pushing an empty wheelchair down a flight of stairs
The son of Philadelphia Flyers interim general manager Danny Briere has been charged after a video posted on social media showed him and another Mercyhurst University athlete pushing an empty wheelchair down a flight of stairs.
Police in Erie, Pennsylvania filed criminal mischief, criminal conspiracy to commit mischief and disorderly conduct charges against 23-year-old Carson Briere, who was finishing his third hockey season with Mercyhurst.
Patrick Carrozzi, listed as a senior member of the school’s lacrosse team, faces the same three charges, according to documents filed with District Judge Sue Mack. The two are due to appear in court on May 22.
Briere and Carrozzi can be seen on surveillance video at the top of a staircase at a local bar, pushing the wheelchair down the stairs on March 11.
Police say their actions posed a potential danger to anyone climbing the stairs, while also creating a dangerous situation by blocking the stairs.
Carson Briere (L), the son of Flyers interim GM Danny Briere (R), has been charged by the police
A video posted to social media showed Briere (6), who plays for Mercyhurst, and teammate Patrick Carrozzi pushing an empty wheelchair down the stairs at a local bar
The owner of the wheelchair, identified as Sydney Benes, filed a complaint saying the fall down the stairs damaged the left brake lever, broke the plastic molding of the right armrest, bent a rear handle and caused the wheels to drag when driving forward. Benes said the wheelchair was purchased a year ago and cost $2,000.
It is unclear whether Briere or Carrozzi have lawyers who can speak on their behalf.
Briere and two other athletes were provisionally suspended while the school investigated the matter.
A message left for comment to a spokeswoman for Mercyhurst’s athletic department was not immediately answered.
Last week, the 23-year-old Briere apologized in a statement released through 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.”
Briere (no. 6) apologized for his behavior last week, saying: ‘There is no excuse for my actions’
Danny Briere, who was promoted to manage the Flyers after Chuck Fletcher was fired two weeks ago, said he was shocked by his son’s actions, calling them “inexcusable,” while saying his son “takes full responsibility for his behavior accepts’.
Mercyhurst previously released a statement saying that the actions shown in the video are inconsistent with the school’s “belief in the inherent dignity of each 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 for harmful actions.”
Carson Briere was fired from the Arizona State Hockey Club earlier in 2019 for what the school called a violation of team rules.