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Arizona Coyotes and their 2020 NHL Draft No. 1 pick Mitchell Miller find themselves under surveillance after the 18-year-old defenseman was recognized for bullying an African-American classmate with a disability intellectual four years ago

Classmate Isaiah Meyer-Crothers spoke to Arizona Republic about her affair with Miller after seeing her executioner selected at No 111 in early October The two attended school together in Sylvania, in Ohio, where Miller got Meyer-Crothers to lick a soft drink that had been wiped off in a bathroom urinal, which led to Meyer-Crothers being tested for hepatitis, HIV, and STDs, has said Meyer-Crothers Miller and another teenager were charged with assault and violating Ohio’s Safe Schools Act in February 2016 They admitted to bullying and were sentenced to 25 hours community service

Meyer-Crothers, who at the time had the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, also says Miller constantly called him “brownie” and “N-word,” while repeatedly beating him during their childhood in the suburbs of Toledo Students at their college confirmed to police Miller used racist language against him

“He pretended to be my friend and made me do things I didn’t want to do,” Meyer-Crothers, now 18, told Arizona Republic. “In college, i got beaten by him… everyone thinks he’s so cool he can go in the NHL but i don’t see how somebody can be cool when you pick on someone and let him be intimidated all his life “

Miller, who released a statement Monday, briefed teams on her pre-draft background, and her NCAA team, North Dakota, said she was also aware of the charges when recruited

“I am extremely sorry for the bullying incident in 2016 when I was in eighth grade,” Miller said. “I was young, immature and felt bad about my actions Back then , I did not understand the seriousness of my actions and how they can affect other people

“I have apologized to family for my behavior, taken cultural diversity and sensitivity training, and volunteered in my community with organizations such as Little Miracles for the past four years, i had a lot of time to think and grow and i am very grateful to the arizona coyotes for taking a chance on me I promise not to let them down. In the future, I want to be a leader for this cause and help end bullying and racism “

The Coyotes, whose President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez has been named to the NHL’s Executive Inclusion Council, have defended the organization’s decision to pick Miller in the fourth round

“Our fundamental mission is to ensure a safe environment – whether in schools, in our community, on the hockey rinks or in the workplace – to be free from bullying and racism,” said Gutierrez in a statement “When we first learned of Mitchell’s story it would have been easy for us to fire him – many teams did. Instead, we felt he was our responsibility to be part of the solution in a real way – not only by saying and doing the right things ourselves, but making sure others are too”

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