Arizona Coyotes cut ties with controversial draft pick Mitchell Miller
The Arizona Coyotes surrendered rights to Mitchell Miller, their first draft of that month's NHL draft, Thursday.
The selection of Miller, 18 years old and now playing hockey at the University of North Dakota, has received widespread criticism after Miller's bullying and racial ridicule of a black youth, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, as the two in an Arizona Republic report published Monday 14 years old were detailed years old in Ohio.
The club apologized to the Meyer-Crothers family.
"We have decided to relinquish the rights to Mitchell Miller effective immediately," said Xavier Gutierrez, President and CEO of Coyotes, in a statement from the team on Thursday. "Before we picked Mitchell on the NHL draft, we knew there was an incident of bullying in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior, but we saw it as a teachable moment to work with Mitchell to help him Holding Actions Accountable and Providing We have learned more about the whole matter and, more importantly, the impact it had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family, what we have learned is not Alignment with Core Values and our organization's vision leads to our decision to forego our rights drafts. On behalf of the owners of Arizona Coyotes and our entire organization, I would like to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. We're building a modeling franchise on and off the ice and will do what's right for Isaiah and the Meyer Crothers family, our fans, and our partners. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can realize his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere. "
The Coyotes picked Mitchell Miller of North Dakota for their fourth round election, their first choice for the design.
Contact Jose Romero at Jose.Romero@gannett.com. Find him on Twitter at @RomeroJoseM.
This article originally appeared in the Republic of Arizona: Arizona Coyotes Waive Rights to the controversial Mitchell Miller election
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