Arizona Coyotes drop out of recruiting player guilty of racist acts


The Arizona Coyotes announced Thursday that they had given up on signing Mitchell Miller, an 18-year-old defenseman, whom they had selected in the fourth round of the last NHL draft, after learning that he was, when younger, the author of racist, verbal and physical attacks.

 » We knew that a bullying-type incident had occurred in 2016, said Xavier Gutierrez, president of the Coyotes. We do not tolerate this type of behavior, but we felt that welcoming him was a good time to hold him accountable for his actions and give him the opportunity to be a leader in the fight against racism. « 

 » But we learned more, added Gutierrez. And what we have learned does not align with the core values ​​and our club’s vision on the issue of racism, and has led us to give up our rights. « 

Coyotes apologize to victim’s family

These new elements were unveiled Monday in an article in the newspaper theArizona Republic. Mitchell Miller had attacked Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a black classmate with intellectual disabilities, in Sylvania, a town in the state of Ohio. Meyer-Crothers had assured to have been the victim of harassment, racist insults and to have been physically assaulted by Miller. The latter apologized for these facts, dating from 2016, after they were revealed.

 » Mr Miller is now a free player, who can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere « , Declared Xavier Gutierrez, who also repeated » apologies From the Meyer-Crothers family.

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