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AKIM ALIU GIVES HIS THOUGHTS REGARDING COYOTES PROSPECT'S BULLYING PAST

Former NHLer Akim Aliu, who is a member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance group, made it clear through a tweet that he is not happy that the Arizona Coyotes drafted Mitchell Miller despite knowing about his bullying of a Black, mentally disabled teen four years prior.

“Y’all read this and tell me hockey doesn’t have major problems. No one else will say it but I will. A Black, or player of color would NEVER get a pass or be forgiven for something like this. EVER!”

This is in regards to a story broke earlier today by azcentral, which discusses Coyotes' 2020 fourth-round draft pick Mitchell Miller bullying a Black, mentally disabled teen, Isaiah Meyer-Crothers. Meyer-Crothers says that Miller often called him “brownie” as well as the “N-word” on many occasions, something which many other classmates have confirmed to be true. There was also one particular incident in which Miller and a friend tricked Meyer-Crothers into licking a candy push pop that they had wiped in a bathroom urinal. As a result, he had to be tested for hepatitis, HIV, and STDs, though the tests came back negative.



Aliu, who came forward in November of 2019 about how he was racially discriminated against by former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters, has made it his goal to eliminate both bullying and racism from hockey. This particular story infuriated Aliu given the fact that all teams knew about this story, yet the Coyotes still chose to draft him. While some will give him a pass due to the fact he was just 14 at the time, this behavior is simply unacceptable regardless of one’s age.


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OCTOBER 26, 2020  (18H10)
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