It what has blown up into a massive, national story, the Miko Grimes twitter rant appears to have upset the Buccaneers owners and their family.
I tried to avoid talking about it. I tried to avoid bringing more attention to it. In the end, the story became too big to be able to ignore. Miko Grimes, in her now famous twitter tirade aimed at Stephen Ross and Mike Tannenbaum, has reportedly upset the Glazer family, the owners of the Buccaneers who just happen to also be Jewish.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole said in a video that “members of the family were not happy with what Miko Grimes had to say”. Miko referring to Ross hiring his “Jew buddy” were viewed by many as anti-Semitic and upset quite a few people, and rightfully so.
The Glazers, as well as the Buccaneers’ organization, have said they have no comment on the Miko situation but “were aware of it”. It’s difficult to see where this leads to from a football standpoint.
The Bucs are not going to release or trade major free agent acquisition Brent Grimes over this. It’s not his fault, he didn’t send the tweets, and despite the unwanted attention this has brought, Brent did nothing wrong. He’s by far the best corner on the team and the Bucs are not going to punish him – nor themselves – over a rant by his wife.
At the same time, they can not tell Miko what she can and can not say on her own twitter account. They knew how outspoken she was when they brought Brent in, but given the relationship he has with Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter plus his talent, the rewards seemed to outweigh the risks.
It should also be pointed out that Miko during this tirade said we won’t “hear any of this while they’re in Tampa,” and “she’s letting coach Koetter and Smith do their thing”. “This” of course in regards to the shots she took at Ross, Tannenbaum, and Dolphin’s quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
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This entire escapade has turned into one enormous mess. The Bucs brass are likely going to keep things internal – as they’re known to do – and Miko is going to keep being Miko. Her twitter account is still protected and she has been blocking multiple Tampa media members and outlets including Pewter Report, Greg Auman, the official account of 620-WDAE, the official radio partner of the Buccaneers, and Steve Duemig just to name a few.
Moving forward, the Buccaneers need to focus on football, not the wife of a player spewing nonsense on twitter. Now, that’s not to diminish what she said, but she can’t dictate the focus of the team, the organization, with her twitter.
The coaches are going to have to answer questions about it, the players are going to have to answer questions about it, and Jason Licht will surely have to answer questions about it. At the end of the day, she can not be allowed to become a distraction for a team vying for their first winning record in six years.