Coyotes disassociate themselves from Mitchell Miller

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Arizona Coyotes have renounced their rights to 2020 draft pick Mitchell Miller. He was drafted by the team in the fourth-round.

Miller reportedly used racial slurs towards a black classmate. In addition, he bullied this individual.

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Isaiah Meyer-Crothers — who is black and has learning disabilities — was even tricked by Miller and a classmate to lick a lollipop that was rubbed in a bathroom urinal before giving it to Meyer-Crothers.

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Initially, the team said that they were willing to work with Miller, who also reportedly hit Meyer-Crothers. But after learning of more incidents involving their draft pick, the Coyotes have decided to cut ties with him.

“We have decided to renounce the rights to Mitchell Miller, effective immediately,” Coyotes’ President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez said in a statement. “Prior to selecting Mitchell in the NHL Draft, we were aware that a bullying incident took place in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior but embraced this as a teachable moment to work with Mitchell to make him accountable for his actions and provide him with an opportunity to be a leader on anti-bullying and anti-racism efforts. We have learned more about the entire matter, and more importantly, the impact it has had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. What we learned does not align with the core values and vision for our organization and leads to our decision to renounce our draft rights.

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“On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes ownership and our entire organization, I would like to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. We are building a model franchise on and off the ice and will do the right thing for Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family, our fans and our partners. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere.”

Miller is committed to attend the University of North Dakota. At this time, they intend to keep him as a member of their hockey program.

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“I am extremely sorry about the bullying incident that occurred in 2016 while I was in eighth grad,” Miller said. “I was young, immature, and feel terrible about my actions.”

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