Coyotes’ bungling of Mitchell Miller saga is a disaster of epic proportions

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Man, this is rich. And it’s strange because “rich” and “Arizona Coyotes” are not words we’re accustomed to seeing in the same sentence very often. The same organization that has declared bankruptcy once and has teetered on the financial precipice for the better part of two decades is now dealing with its own internal moral bankruptcy.

As you’ve likely already learned, the Coyotes Thursday “renounced” their choice of defenseman Mitchell Miller in the 2020 draft. The Coyotes, who had been stripped of a pick because of recruiting violations and traded two away, took Miller with their first pick, at 111th overall. They made the pick despite knowing that Miller had bullied, abused and assaulted a Black, developmentally challenged classmate named Isaiah Meyers-Crothers in 2016, when Miller was 14 years old. After the Arizona Republic made public the details of the bullying, racist taunts and assault that resulted in Miller’s conviction, the Coyotes then doubled down by standing by their choice and saying they were hoping to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness and, “to guide Mitchell into becoming a leader for this cause and preventing bullying and racism now and in the future.”