To put it plainly, the Arizona Coyotes knew that their high draft decide had admitted in court docket to bullying a developmentally disabled Black classmate, knew he had not proven any indicators of regret from these heinous acts, and drafted him within the fourth spherical anyway.
In 2016, Miller was sentenced by a juvenile court docket for assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools act due to his bullying and abusing of Isaiah Meyer-Crothers. He pretended to be Isaiah’s pal, coerced him to do issues, together with lick a sweet push pop that Miller had wiped in a toilet urinal, known as him racial slurs, and reportedly smashed his head towards a wall for good measure. During the trial, whereas Miller’s confederate had apologized and proven tangible indicators of regret, Miller confirmed none. He by no means apologized to Isaiah, although he did pen an apology to the NHL groups he hoped to be employed by, like they wanted it.
Isaiah’s mother, Joni, wrote a letter to the Coyotes after they drafted Miller. It was then shared with The Athletic.
Not solely was Mitchell Miller drafted by the Coyotes, however he has a scholarship to the University of North Dakota, a college that additionally knew concerning the previous he has but to apologize for. There are so many components to this story, they usually worsen and worse the extra we study. He by no means apologized, the decide wrote in his assertion that Miller by no means confirmed any signal of regret through the trial, solely wishing for it to be over for his personal sake. Two years after the trial, Miller was caught intimidating Isaiah from the road of their neighborhood. So he bullied and abused a Black classmate with developmental disabilities at 14, sentenced by a court docket of legislation for his actions, intimidated his victim at 16, and didn’t apologize to the particular person he traumatized, however as a substitute to a hopeful employer.
Miller has insisted to the Coyotes and UND that he’s turn out to be a greater particular person and that he’s modified. They’re the one ones he wants to persuade for him to transfer ahead in his profession. But these statements ring hole when his phrases and his actions are diametrically opposed. No apology, no regret, no reparations. He doesn’t care about making amends, he solely cares about retaining the privilege that leads to an NHL job and a college training. And let’s be clear, taking part in within the NHL is a privilege, not a proper.
“Do I feel he wants to be banished from society and despatched to the moon and left there till the tip of time? No. Do I feel he forfeits his proper to get a school scholarship on the University of North Dakota? Yes. Do I feel he forfeits his proper to play within the NHL? Yes.” https://t.co/Q3keV0K3lE
— Hardev Lad (@HardevLad) October 28, 2020
The Arizona Coyotes failed right here. The University of North Dakota failed right here. They knew all the things that occurred and it didn’t change their thoughts. They knew these letters of self enchancment had been self-serving, and it didn’t change their thoughts. The Coyotes knew drafting him can be a everlasting stain on their efforts for inclusivity and variety, nevertheless it didn’t change their thoughts. Mitchell Miller failed right here. Failure doesn’t include a job and a scholarship. He can’t count on forgiveness at 18 when forgiveness at 14 or 16 was by no means earned.
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