Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes is a talented player, but around these parts he’s more notable for his wife Miko’s ability to talk him up, and occasionally veer away from blunt honesty into bizarre territory. Now she claims that some of it was part of a plan.
While Brent was with the 6-10 Dolphins in 2015, Miko tore apart the organization, and specifically quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Her tirade included tweets like this:
And, uh, this:
Jack Dickey of Sports Illustrated caught up with the Grimeses in an article published today, and there are a lot of good tidbits from two exceptionally quotable people, but one special highlight was Miko explaining that she intentionally talked shit about her husband’s employer so that the team would make him a free agent:
Presumably plenty of wives have gotten their husbands traded or released. Miko is the only one who will brag about it. “People say I got him cut with my mouth,” she says. “Duh! That was the goal!” According to Miko, the Dolphins had told Brent he had to take a pay cut; if he declined, they would wait until other teams used up all their cap space and then release him. (A Dolphins spokesman says that these discussions never happened.) At home, Brent said he’d sooner retire. But Miko wasn’t going to let that happen—instead she would get him run out of town by going “as wild as possible on social media.” Her version of what happened next: “[Brent] said, ‘Go for it.’ I got his full permission to be as disrespectful to the Dolphins as I wanted to be. And I threw in Tannehill because I don’t like him or his wife.”
Did this plan succeed? In one way, yes, because the Dolphins cut him. In another way ... well, Brent’s next contract did not give him the long-term security he might have desired.
A few days after Brent was released, he signed a two-year deal with the Bucs that guaranteed him a below-market $7 million. Later that off-season Miko directed another broadside toward Miami, first tweeting that the Dolphins “f——— stink” and then blasting Ross for “keeping his jew buddies”—football operations boss Mike Tannenbaum—employed. (The latter post was widely condemned as anti-Semitic; Grimes says she was only commenting on “how a lot of communities . . . hire their ‘own people’ for jobs before others.”)