“The Coyotes writing of Mitchell Miller – who was convicted of bullying a black classmate with an intellectual disability, and according to the victim’s family did not personally apologize – shows that ‘tolerance zero ‘racism cannot be taken for granted in the NHL, ”the statement read. “The NHL and the Coyotes should sign the HDA pledge and start practicing what they preach. ”
A police report obtained by the Republic of Arizona, and posted on Oct. 27, said Miller and the other student forced Meyer-Crothers to eat candy that had been in a urinal. He goes on to say that the two teenagers then hit and pushed the boy, and Miller lied to school officials about his involvement. Miller, who was 14 at the time of the incident, and the other teenager were “sentenced to 25 hours community service and ordered to apologize through the court system in Meyer- Crothers, to participate in advice and pay the legal costs ”. the Republic reported.
The Coyotes drafted Miller, now 18, in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL Draft. In a statement provided to Republic, the team said they were aware of Miller’s conviction before selecting him.
“Given our diversity and inclusion priorities, we believe we are in the best position to guide Mitchell to become a leader for this cause and prevent bullying and racism now and in the future,” we read in part in the press release. “When we first learned Mitchell’s story it would have been easy for us to fire him – many teams did. Instead, we felt it was our responsibility to be part of the solution in a real way – not just saying and doing good ourselves, but making sure others are. also. ”
Meyer-Crothers and her mother spoke to Republic and said that writing the Miller Coyotes was “part of the problem.”
“Put yourself in our shoes. Would you agree? Joni Meyer-Crothers, Isaiah’s mother, said. “It’s a joke that a sports team, especially with everything going on with Black Lives Matter, would do that. ”
Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, also 18, told the Republic that Miller had taunted him for years growing up, calling him names like “brownie” and the “N word” while hitting him repeatedly. . When he saw the news that Miller had been drafted by the Coyotes, he said it “hurt my heart.”
The University of North Dakota, where Miller now plays, has since admitted to knowing about the assault charge. USA Hockey and the USHL Tri-City Storm, where Miller played last season, also said they looked at his background.
The HDA call to action underlined point 6 of its commitment, in particular, as being essential to consider in this situation: