Woman whose wheelchair was pushed down stairs by Carson Briere blows his ‘disingenuous’ apology


March 16, 2023 | 11:13 p.m

A disabled woman whose wheelchair was pushed down a flight of stairs by Mercyhurst University’s men’s hockey center, Carson Briere, issued a “disingenuous apology” after the incident.

Briere, the son of former NHL player and interim Flyers GM Daniel Briere, was caught on camera with two other student-athletes from the college Saturday night pushing an unoccupied wheelchair down the stairs at Sullivan’s Pub in Erie, Pennsylvania .

footage of the incident shared by Julia Zukowski shows Briere, wearing a white hat, taking a seat in a chair in a hallway at the top of a flight of stairs before cruelly pushing him down the stairs before heading back into the crowded bar.

Zukowski claims that the occupant of the wheelchair had to be “physically carried downstairs” to use the bathroom later that night.

The chair’s owner has identified on social media as “Sydney,” Briere slammed in a series of tweets on Wednesday, saying she will donate most of the $8,000 raised on GoFundMe for a new wheelchair after hers was damaged.

“Hi, I’m Sydney and it was my chair that got pushed down the stairs. I’m so grateful for all of Sullivan’s help with this situation and the kind comments I see on Julia’s post,” she wrote on her Twitter account. @_legless_wonderposes next to a bar employee.

The woman said Briere’s apology was “disingenuous” and said he and his friends showed their “true colors” in the video.

“I swear I really don’t want to keep a penny of the money donated, I’d much rather give it to those who need it,” she said, before later adding that she will keep enough to fix her wheelchair.

Sydney said in a separate tweet that she doesn’t blame the bar and said security got Briere to apologize before they kicked him out. But she claimed the college hockey player was “disingenuous,” and he even asked the bouncer, “Do I still have to go?” for an apology.

She said in numerous tweets that he seemed coherent.

Sydney thanked the bar staff for their help while slamming Briere for throwing her wheelchair down a flight of stairs.
Briere sat in the chair before spinning it and pushing it down the stairs, video shows.

“They showed their true colors,” she said wrote in a post. “That means they’re legitimate, spoiled, ignorant jerks. I don’t want to ruin your life, but you’ve only had one slap in the face your whole life. They need to learn that their behavior is totally unacceptable.”

On Wednesday, the school’s physical education department said Briere and two other student-athletes were in the video suspended by their respective teams.

“I am deeply sorry for my behavior on Saturday,” said Briere, a junior at Mercyhurst, in a statement. “There is no excuse for my actions and I will do whatever it takes to make up for this serious lack of judgement.”

Mercyhurst University, located in Erie, said they were made aware of the video.

Carson Briere was released from the Arizona State hockey team during his freshman year.
Mercyhurst Athletics

The school told The Daily Mail that the Erie Police Department is handling the investigation.

Sydney said she will use some of the GoFundMe money to fix the damaged chair, but the rest will be donated.

“I want to be clear that I’m using the GoFundMe donations to fix my chair, but the rest goes to the disability community and people who really need the help,” she tweeted Thursday night.

Carson Briere is the son of former NHL player and current Flyers general manager Daniel Briere.

Briere, who hails from Philadelphia, played 30 games for the Lakers in the 2022-23 season – totaling five goals and eight assists. He was released as a freshman from the Arizona State men’s hockey team in 2019 because the program was a violation of team rules.

His father, Daniel Briere, played 17 seasons in the NHL, including six for the Flyers and 2010 with Philadelphia for the Stanley Cup.

He was only appointed as the team’s interim general manager on Friday.

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