Morning Free Association: The Final Chapter (For Now)

After receiving a bunch of negative attention and bad press, the Arizona Coyotes have renounced their first draft pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, Mitchell Miller. They cited other reasons than the above, of course. But the cynic in me can’t help but think Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez retrofitted an explanation of why they drafted this kid even after knowing about his abusive past.

“We have decided to renounce the rights to Mitchell Miller, effective immediately,” said Coyotes’ President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez. “Prior to selecting Mitchell in the NHL Draft, we were aware that a bullying incident took place in 2016. We do not condone this type of behavior but embraced this as a teachable moment to work with Mitchell to make him accountable for his actions and provide him with an opportunity to be a leader on anti-bullying and anti-racism efforts. We have learned more about the entire matter, and more importantly, the impact it has had on Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. What we learned does not align with the core values and vision for our organization and leads to our decision to renounce our draft rights. On behalf of the Arizona Coyotes ownership and our entire organization, I would like to apologize to Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family. We are building a model franchise on and off the ice and will do the right thing for Isaiah and the Meyer-Crothers family, our fans and our partners. Mr. Miller is now a free agent and can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere.”

There is something about that last line “…can pursue his dream of becoming an NHL player elsewhere,” that really gets me. It assumes that Miller has earned the privilege of playing in the NHL. Just because someone has a talent that may lead them to playing in the NHL doesn’t mean that they’ve really earned it. It is not a right, it’s a privilege and until teams look at players and consider the consequences of past bad behaviour, we’re still going to have this problem in hockey culture.

Some comments on Twitter seemed to spout the usual lines of “virtual signalling” and “cancel culture”, citing that we’ve gone too far in cancelling 18 year olds for what they did when they were 14. No, this isn’t cancelling someone; it’s making sure they know the consequences of their actions and making them improve themselves before being handed what could be considered a reward: an NHL career.

Some advice for young Mitchell Miller:

1. Don’t be racist
2. Don’t be an asshole to others
3. Don’t abuse people physically, mentally, or sexually
4. Don’t look down on others just because you think you’re better than them. You aren’t
5. Start learning about different minority groups and how they’ve been oppressed
6. Start working with people who have developmental disabilities. Volunteer for Special Olympics. It’s a life changer.
7. Stop focusing on yourself and how you’ve been wronged. Focus on how to change your negative qualities (racism, abuse) to better function in society
8. Fucking apologize already to Isaiah Meyer-Crothers and his family

I hope that some other team doesn’t sign him (after he’s done with college) until he has demonstrated that he is not a piece of shit.


It’s time for a palate cleanser.

It’s clear that none of these guys have watched Sesame Street recently or ever. that’s not fair; I’d be hard pressed to come up with witty things to say as a character from the show.

Happy Halloween!

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The London Bear
The London Bear

Hi folks. Good for Arizona – I didn’t even know they could do that.

Been on a long countryside walk today. Lots of hills. Lots of mud. Pretty tired now.

Most of the day I’ve been thinking its Saturday…

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Figured the “I’m outraged people are outraged” brigade would be out for this one. They can fuck off with their “cancel culture” nonsense. Cancel culture isn’t even an actual thing. If it was, Trump wouldn’t be president in the first place. And instead of being upset a fourth round draft pick lost their spot because of garbage behavior maybe use that energy to support Isaiah. You know, the one person actually suffering the long term effects of Miller’s garbage behavior.

Whew, I took my angry pills this morning.

Let’s talk about my dream, shall we? I was checking into a hotel and trying to get to my room on the 25th floor. Except I didn’t really trust the elevator because it was also a fridge and was having power issues. Ended up stopping on the 5th floor to find a bathroom because I really needed to pee. Except it turns out the 5th floor was an evil medical laboratory with evil medical doctors performing evil medical experiments on humans. Humans ended up revolting and I had to make my way out of the melee. Ended up in the Good Place and had a very nice phone call with Jason Mendoza while sitting on the couch with Chidi.
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The London Bear
The London Bear

Sounds like a good idea for a film!


Hey All!
Well, the Yotes did the right thing…. under pressure, but they did it. With a lil luck, we can cancel another bigot that demeans others in the next few days. Not mentioning any names.
A bit of snow on the ground and more falling. I think I’ll call ahead before we drive to Monrovia this evening, see how the roads are. Not as much rain as I hoped for. The rivers came up some, but not a great amount. Cold weather boating is here!!!


Yes! Boating in the snow today!!!! Awesome!!


That’s a… good thing?