At age 18, Mitchell Miller was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL draft. However, on October 29th, 2020 the Coyotes announced that they would cut ties with Miller after a recent report revealed his past which involved bullying his black classmate who had developmental disabilities.
According to the report, Miller had bullied and assaulted his classmate, Isaiah Meyers-Crothers while in junior high school. Miller and another teen were accused of tricking Isaiah into eating candy which had been placed in a urinal. After admitting to the case of assault, Miller and his companion were sentenced to community service in 2016.
In addition, Miller has been removed from his school team at the university of North Dakota. He later released a statement saying, “I am extremely sorry about the bullying incident that occurred in 2016 while I was in eighth grade. I was young, immature and feel terrible about my actions.” However, Isaiah’s mother stated that Miller has never apologized directly to her son.
Bullying and racism go hand and hand, they are also both very prevalent in today’s society, especially in schools and sport culture. This article found that numerous factors including race and disability can contribute to a higher risk of experiencing bullying; furthermore, the majority of bullying occurs at school.
Usually, the consequences of harassment do not translate to external aspects of the bully’s life. It is common to see temporary punishment and then have the issue forgotten. Fortunately, as society continues to evolve, more action is taking place to eliminate bullying. Miller’s negative history has terminated his career as a professional hockey player; the Coyotes don’t want to associate alongside an individual with this past, so they dropped him. However, this issue would have presumably been overlooked in recent years.