The bullying incidents resurfaced after The Arizona Republic
published an in-depth report on Miller on October 26, 2020.
The Republic exposé
also revealed that Miller would frequently use the words "n” and "BROWNIE" to refer to Meyer-Crothers and often told him to "go pick their cotton".
The Coyotes initially defended Miller, citing their desire to "be a part of the solution in a real way" and to help Miller grow from this incident and eventually become a leader against bullying and racism.
Although Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong
did not draft Miller, he expressed the team's desire to provide Miller with a second chance.
According to the Republic, Miller apologized to the then thirty-one NHL teams, but never to Meyer-Crothers or to his family.
In a letter addressed to the Coyotes, Meyer-Crothers' mother, Joni, found Armstrong's comments demeaning to her son, stating that while Miller's classmate apologized to Meyer-Crothers, Miller himself was unwilling to show contrition. A juvenile court magistrate in Ohio concluded that Miller had absolutely no remorse for his actions against Meyer-Crothers and was merely upset that his reputation would be damaged by the situation. As a result of the exposé, the Coyotes received widespread criticism for drafting Miller.
This ultimately led to the Coyotes renouncing their draft rights to Miller and cutting all ties with him.
Miller was subsequently dropped from the University of North Dakota hockey team on the direct orders of the university president Andrew Armacost
. Miller was still however in good standing academically, and was allowed to continue attending classes at the university.