By now you’ve heard about Miko Grimes’ Twitter outburst on Monday, in which she made what most consider to be an anti-Semitic comment, among other insults, while criticizing the business decisions of Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross and VP of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, both Jewish, and the ability of Ryan Tannehill as a franchise quarterback. The initial flare up on social media escalated quickly and, in a matter of hours, found itself in the public spotlight.
This wasn’t Miko’s first Twitter assault on the Dolphins or Ryan Tannehill; some blame her history of bashing the Dolphins as one of the reasons for Brent Grimes’ release from Miami this past offseason. This was the first time one of her social media rants took an anti-Semitic turn, however, and that’s why it’s become a national story.
Giving it more twists and adding more reason to speculate that this could impact her husband’s future in Tampa is the fact that the Glazers, like the Ross family, are also Jewish.
Miko and Brent Grimes – Photo by: Getty Images
While neither the Buccaneers nor the Dolphins have commented on the situation publicly (at least not yet), Miko’s Twitter account has since been protected. Only people who already followed her can see her tweets now – but the damage already done may be too much to repair.
After ripping prominent members of the Dolphins organization and claiming that Brent would’ve retired had he not been released by Miami, Miko then went after those who responded to her attack – including NFL Fox Insider Jay Glazer – by calling them sensitive. She even took it to a personal level with Glazer, at one point accusing the MMA aficionado of taking steroids after he responded to her tweet by identifying himself as “the Jew buddy of ur husbands” and advised her to stop talking. Warning: the end of the exchange was vulgar.
Miko was finally reached for comment later Monday evening, where she defended her statements to ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine. In the article, she suggested that her comment was just an honest observation that people of a certain community – whether it’s race, religion or a club affiliation – tend to support others of that same community.
“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,” Miko Grimes said. “That’s a fact! Why people find facts offensive is strange to me. And now I’m a racist? Lmao! How?”
Later in the article Laine reported that Miko also wrote, via Twitter, “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?”
Before the night was through, Miko shifted her blame from the public’s sensitivity – at one point she tweeted “America is so f–king soft!” – to the media. During an interview with JoeBucsFan.com, she claimed that her comments about Tannehill paled in comparison to Paul Manziel calling his son, Johnny, a junkie who he hoped would get arrested.
If your statement fits the media’s “narrative,” she says, then you get “praised.” But if you go against popular opinion, then you’re called a “cancer” and your “husband should lose his job.” As she sees it, it’s a double standard.
“The media is the problem,” Miko Grimes told JoeBucsFan.com, via ProFootballTalk.com “They make things stories so they get clicks. They are the ones that want the fame. They wanna be famous for writing the story that got the most clicks even if it’s not really a story at all. They tell you to be offended in the title usually. It’s brainwashing at its best! I get harassed for saying [Ryan] Tannehill is a bum but Johnny Manziel’s dad can say he’s a junkie and he hopes he gets arrested so he doesn’t end up dead, and he’s praised! What if those comments from his dad are the ones that sent Johnny over the edge?
Bucs CB Brent Grimes – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“What I’m hearing is this: If you say something the media likes and it fits their narrative (Johnny [Football] is a junkie) then whoever agrees gets praised. But if you say things that don’t fit their narrative (Ryan Tannehill is a bum) you are called a cancer and your husband should lose his job. How come Johhny’s dad isn’t a cancer? What kinda father writes those things about his son? Why not help him or talk to him privately? Everyone uses social media how they see fit. Whether you are a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a realist, or a comedian. You have the freedom to say what you want. Now if you’re in a position where saying what you want can get you fired, and you can’t feed your family, then you have to be careful. I don’t have an employer. No one can fire me. I’m very wealthy, so I don’t have an issue feeding my family. But I’m also not a racist.”
This is probably not the last of this story – or others to follow in the wake of it. Miko Grimes’ outspoken nature and preferred medium of social media to express her often controversial and profane rants was well-known before this most recent episode. The Buccaneers may choose to avoid commenting on the situation for now, but it remains to be seen how this will affect the Tampa Bay-career of her husband, Brent, one of the organization’s newest employees, due to Miko’s actions.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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