Even the best dog trainers will make an argument that it is indeed possible to train the oldest canines new tricks, but that objective may not be the easiest when it comes to Miko Grimes. A former professional basketball player who spent time overseas and the wife of current Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, Miko resumed an ongoing war with the Miami Dolphins organization in a Twitter rant on Monday.
This time, as per usual, her targets were the Miami Dolphins primary owner Stephen Ross and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum.
Ouch. Grimes, who has been married to Brent since 2010, later tried to explain on Twitter that her remarks were not meant to be seen as anti-semitic.
“Think I’m gonna tweet racist remarks in an attempt to offend TWO PEOPLE? Lmao!! Why would I? Why would I want to offend ‘Jewish’ ppl?”
In a statement to ESPN, Grimes then wrote the following.
“When I wrote ‘jew buddies’ I was speaking about how a lot of communities (Jewish, Christian, gay, sometimes fraternities and sororities) will hire their ‘own people’ for jobs before others. That’s a fact! Why people find facts offensive is strange to me. And now im a racist? Lmao! How?… If what I said is racist or anti-Semitic, why isn’t it also racist to only hire their own? America is just an easily offended, fake reacting, bunch of cry baby [expletive]s! Anyone that thinks I’m a racist needs to build a [expletive] bridge and get over it. I’m not a racist, I’m a realist.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are owned by a Jewish family with the Glazers, have yet to comment on Grimes’ remarks. The Dolphins also have not commented on the attacks as of Monday afternoon.
Not everything that Grimes tweeted was negative, though, as the former sports talk host did express joy that her husband was now playing for the Buccaneers and was out of the negative environment that was the Dolphins locker room.
Indeed, anything is possible. Like, for example, you realizing that the real owner happens to be Jewish! While many media personalities all have thrown their opinions into the ring, few were more vocal and blunt than FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer — who has no relation to the Glazer family that owns the Buccaneers. Glazer, who spends his offseasons training several NFL players in the art of MMA, wrote the following on his verified Twitter account.
“At this point I’m asking [Miko Grimes]… please SHUT THE F— UP! Sincerely, the Jew buddy of ur husbands who first got him trained in MMA”
At the NFL owners meetings earlier this year, Ross did make it clear that Miko Grimes’ social media posts played a role in the team’s decision to part ways with her husband — who had played extremely well over his three years in South Beach and was even named to the Dolphins’ 50th Anniversary Team in March. A September blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills was dampened even more following the revelation that not only had Miko been arrested prior to the game, but Brent had not found out until after the team fell to 1-2.
That arrest led to Grimes losing her show on WQAM and giving both her husband and the Dolphins organization a bad publicity. Despite Grimes’ spectacular play over the past three seasons and leadership on a team in desperate need of veterans, his wife was enough of a wild card for the Dolphins to cut him loose.
“I think everybody knows what she represented,” Ross said to reporters at the NFL owners meetings. “I thought it was best that the Dolphins move on from Brent and Miko.”
The Miami Dolphins, of course, have been no stranger to drama and controversy in the past few seasons with no incident bigger than the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal that occurred in the 2013 season, Grimes’ first in Florida. Dubbed “Bullygate” by the press, what had started off was normal team hazing from veterans onto younger players turned into a midseason release of incognito and a postseason firing of offensive line coach Jim Turner.
After the release of the Wells Report, the official investigation from independent attorney Ted Wells, Ross said the following.
“As owner, I know firsthand of the high-character and dedicated professionals in our building. I believe in our team and know the hard work and sacrifices they make every day on the field and in the community. However, this is an opportunity and a teaching moment not only for the coaches, staff and players in our locker room, but also for participants throughout sports.”
If the Wells Report was an opportunity and a teaching moment for hazing and bullying, then the constant controversy that Miko Grimes brings upon both herself and her husband with her raw opinions on Twitter should be one for social media. While Grimes is free to feel any way that she wants — and the points that she makes about certain groups hiring those from the same clan are all valid, especially in the sports industry — the time has to eventually come where she realizes that it’s not what you say, but how you say it.
But, does Grimes find any reason to change? Did the events on Monday make her realize that it may be smart to watch what is said on a public forum like Twitter?
[Photo by Miami-Dade Department of Corrections via AP Images]