Arizona Coyotes Cut Ties With 2020 Draft Pick ... Over Bullying History

The Arizona Coyotes have severed ties with their 4th-round draft pick ... punting Mitchell Miller out of their organization over his bullying past.

The 'Yotes' selection in the 2020 NHL Draft has been accused of making one of his classmates' lives a living hell back when the two were in junior high in Ohio.

Isaiah Meyer-Crothers, a Black man who has developmental disabilities, told the Arizona Republic earlier this month that Miller beat him up and picked on him constantly.

"Everyone thinks he's so cool that he gets to go to the NHL," Meyers-Crothers said, "but I don't see how someone can be cool when you pick on someone and bully someone your entire life."

The harassment got so bad ... a police report was eventually filed, and in it, cops reportedly said Miller did some heinous things to Meyer-Crothers.

Officers in the report, per the Arizona Republic, said Miller called Meyer-Crothers racial slurs and made him lick a piece of candy that had been rubbed on a bathroom urinal.

18-year-old Miller reportedly admitted to the bullying in a juvenile court back in 2016 ... but the Coyotes still took him with the 111th overall pick in the NHL Draft earlier this month nonetheless.

And, initially, the team had stood by the pick, even in the wake of Meyer-Crothers coming forward with his displeasure over the selection. But, on Thursday, the team announced it's now officially moving on.

"Prior to selecting Mitchell in the NHL Draft, we were aware that a bullying incident took place in 2016," Coyotes' President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez said. "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."

For his part, Miller apologized in a statement earlier this month for his disturbing past, writing, in part, "I am extremely sorry about the bullying incident that occurred in 2016 while I was in 8th grade. I was young, immature, and feel terrible about my actions."

Miller is committed to playing hockey at the University of North Dakota ... though it's unclear if the school still plans on allowing him to play in the wake of the Coyotes' decision.

OG 'Rudolph' Actor People Who Bully After Watching Classic ... Are Just Like Scrooge!!!

An OG castmember of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is firing back at critics who call the holiday classic "problematic" for the modern world.

Corinne Conley, who voiced the dolly for Sue in the 1964 TV special, tells TMZ she can't believe the outcry of criticism after more than 50 years of it being a beloved tradition for kids and their parents.

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Critics came for 'Rudolph' this year, calling it out for sexism and bullying -- like the scene where Rudolph is forced to cover his red nose just to avoid all of the other reindeer laughing and calling him names.

Corinne, however, insists that any bullying or negative plot points are happily resolved by the end of the show. In fact, she contends if someone was a bully before watching, they'd learn a valuable lesson by the time the credits roll.

Bottom line for Corinne ... Rudolph should go down in history, and not just for pulling Santa's sleigh.

Paige VanZant Reveals Horrific Gang Rape In High School

UFC star Paige VanZant says she was gang raped in high school by a bunch of boys who got her drunk and assaulted her when she couldn't defend herself.

The 24-year-old described the incident and the impact it had on her life in her new book, "Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life."

"They move me around ... They change my position. I fail each time I try to resist, my limbs like wet cement on my body, my brain a heavy fog. I am awake and conscious, but my body feels dead."

"I know what is happening but can do nothing to stop it. I have no voice or choice but to submit and pray that it ends soon."

It's unclear if VanZant went to the police. We're trying to find out.

Paige says the bullying she experienced after the rape was unbearable -- and led to her changing her last name from Sletten to VanZant because the kids at school nicknamed her "Slutton." Her family ultimately moved from Oregon to Nevada to give her a fresh start.

PVZ told MMA Fighting she's sharing all this now because she wants to be an advocate for anti-bullying ... and help let others know they're not alone.

Rob Kardashian & Blac Chyna Back on the Same Team Sued for Bullying

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna tortured an ex of hers to the point they drove him to nearly kill himself after outing him ... so claims Pilot Jones in a new lawsuit.

Jones is suing Rob and BC for defamation and cyberbullying after he says they blamed him for selling the pic that showed him making out with BC, exposed him as gay and released his contact info to the public that invited terrorist threats.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Pilot says he flatly denied he was BC's baby daddy when contacted by an outlet about the make out photo, which he says he never released. Pilot also mentions the threats were reported back in October 2016.

BC's ex says things got even worse when Rob & BC released his cell number and email address. He says he started getting threatening messages from strangers like, "You're a f****** snake for doing that to Rob & Chyna" and "Today will be the last day of you walking bitch."

Pilot says the threats destroyed his self-esteem and he lost all hope of restoring his respect with his children, adding he attempted suicide.

Pilot's suing for damages. We've reached out to Rob & Blac, so far no word back.

Jonathan Lipnicki Talking About My Childhood Bullying is Liberating

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Jonathan Lipnicki just hit 2 big milestones -- starring in more movies as an adult than as a kid ... and being honest about his childhood demons.

We got the former child star -- who became famous as a kid star in "Jerry Maguire" and "Stuart Little" -- in Bev Hills Thursday, and he told us why he decided to open up about the bullying, anxiety and depression he's experienced.

Sounds like a huge weight's been lifted off his shoulders. Good for him.

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50 Cent Autistic Airport Worker Lawyers Up Wants $1 Mil For Bullying

50 Cent has new legal trouble after taunting a 19-year-old man who turned out to be autistic -- TMZ has learned his family is strongly considering a lawsuit.

Andrew Farrell was just doing his job as a janitor at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport when 50 Cent appeared to randomly single him out on video ... accusing him of being high at work. Fiddy posted the video on Twitter.

Ken Kramer, Andrew's stepdad, tells us Andrew suffers from autism and Asperger's syndrome. He also has a hearing condition which forces him to wear a hearing aid.

Ken says Andrew has never smoked or had a sip of alcohol in his life. He says Andrew has severe social anxiety, and that's why he ignored 50 -- he also doesn't know who the rapper is.

Ken says the family has lawyered up, and the only thing stopping them from suing immediately is concern about stiff attorney fees. He says they'd be willing to forget the whole thing, IF 50 Cent donates $1 million to Andrew's GoFundMe page, and makes a face-to-face apology.

They might want to research 50's finances.

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