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Coyotes cut ties with draft pick who bullied Black classmate

Posted at 12:53 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 15:53:13-04

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have renounced their rights to their top 2020 draft pick after learning more about his bullying of a Black classmate four years ago.

The team parted ways with Mitchell Miller after taking heat for selecting him in the fourth round earlier this month despite knowing of his 2016 assault conviction.

Arizona acknowledged it knew about the incident when it selected Miller.

President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez says discovering more about it and the effect it had on bullying victim Isaiah Meyer-Crothers and his family led to this decision.

Miller becomes an NHL free agent effective immediately.