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July 15, 2016  RSS feed
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ADL condemns remarks by wife of new Buc player

JTA and Jewish Press staff

The Florida chapter of the Anti-Defamation League has strongly condemned the wife of new Tampa Bay Buccaneer cornerback Brent Grimes for using an anti-Semitic slur in ridiculing the Miami Dolphins’ Jewish owner for hiring a fellow Jew to be his team’s executive vice president.

Miko Grimes, who is known for her often brash Twitter feed, in a recent tweet said Stephen Ross “was keeping his jew buddies employed” with his hiring of Mike Tannenbaum. Gotta respect ross for keeping his jew buddies employed but did he not see how tannenbaum put the jets in the dumpster w/that sanchez deal? — Miko Grimes (@iHeartMiko) July 11, 2016

Grimes was also referring to Tannenbaum’s unsuccessful tenure as general manager of the New York Jets, where he offered quarterback Mark Sanchez an ill-fated contract extension.

In a statement, Hava L. Holzhauer, Florida Regional Director of the ADL, expressed “outrage” with Miko Grimes’ comment.

The tweet, Holzhauer said, “evokes textbook anti-Semitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories about secret Jewish control. Her suggestion that an NFL front office would operate as a ‘Jewsonly club’ is nothing less than classic, garden-variety anti-Semitism.”

Miko Grimes clarified her comments in a statement to ESPN.

“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?”

She added: “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 a– p–––! Anyone that thinks I’m a racist needs to build a f––– bridge and get over it. I’m not a racist, I’m a realist.” But Holzhauer said that Grimes “needs to realize her words were deeply offensive.”

This is not the first time her tweets have sparked a firestorm.

Brent Grimes, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, was released by the Dolphins in March. At the time rumors spread that his wife’s Twitter controversies, which often involved scathing criticism of the team’s quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, cost him his job and hurt his reputation in the eyes of other National Football League teams.

Ross acknowledged at the NFL owners’ meetings in March that Miko Grimes’ tweets played a role in her husband’s fate with the Dolphins.

“I think everybody knows what she represented,” Ross said to re- porters, according to ESPN. “I thought it was best that the Dolphins move on from Brent and Miko.”

Miko Grimes deleted her Twitter account for a short time after the Dolphins released her husband, who signed with the Bucs as a free agent.

The Buccaneers are owned by Bryan, Edward and Joel Glazer. Bryan Glazer has been particularly involved in the local Jewish community. He has contributed $4 million for the new JCC in south Tampa, currently under construction, which will bear the name the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center.

As of Friday, July 15, the Bucs public relations office had not issued a comment. The Jewish Federations in Tampa and Pinellas/ Pasco also remained silent on the issue.


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