It’s time for Miko Grimes and Ayesha Curry to set down their handheld devices, delete their Twitter accounts, and take two giant steps back from the lunatic fringe.
Or like Jack Nicholson’s character (Mel Udall) said in “As Good as It Gets,” “Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.’’
Miko, wife of Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, on Monday tweeted out her disdain for her husband’s ex-employers in Miami, including Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum.
“Gotta respect Ross for keeping his jew buddies employed,’’ she wrote, “but did he not see how tannenbaum put the jets in the dumpster with that sanchez deal?’’
Miko obviously had her keyboard locked in “vile” mode. She’ll have to find a geek squader to help her with capital letters and punctuation, with a side course in sensitivity training.
Ayesha, wife of NBA icon Stephen Curry, was none too pleased June 16 to see her hubby foul out in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, a moment he punctuated by firing his mouthpiece and nailing a courtside fan. Steph’s handiwork earned an ejection. Ayesha’s fingers flew her straight to crazytown, to join the convention of whack job conspiracy theorists already in progress.
“I’ve lost all respect this is absolutely rigged for money . . . ’’ she tweeted, her fingertips flying faster than Steph’s mouthpiece that night, “or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry.’’
Precisely what the NBA needed, another hint that someone jockeyed the score. The fetid scent of ex-referee Tim Donaghy and his on-court cooking of the books may never leave the building.
Take your pick as to which you find more offensive, be it Miko’s anti-Semitism or Ayesha’s claim of a rigged outcome favoring the Cavaliers. Personally, I’d say Miko’s self-immolating ride down the third rail of hate takes the top prize.
Ayesha was all hot and bothered, the series against Cleveland turning against her husband and his Golden State Warriors. We’ve all been there, in the moment, incensed, outraged to see the team we love blow a game, lose a series. Most of us have been that dumb to holler “bag job!’’ in those times. Not to excuse it, but I get it. Fans invest. Spouses invest even more.
Miko’s sad, tired rhetoric came from a far less emotional place. Her husband was cut by the Dolphins in March, and he was promptly signed by the Buccaneers to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million. Not bad for a 32-year-old cornerback sent packing by a tomato can of a franchise, after averaging just over four interceptions each of his three years with the Dophins. His four clips last season totaled 20 yards, zero TDs.
But rather than count blessings, Miko (@iHeartMiko) some four months later chose to attack Ross and his “jew buddies.’’ Yeesh, imagine what might she have tweeted had he been cut and never worked again, a distinct possibility given his wife’s penchant for prose. As Ross noted to reporters upon the cornerback’s dismissal, “I thought it was best that the Dolphins move on from Brent and Miko.’’
Yes, that was “and Miko.’’ Can’t say I recall an owner dumping Mr. and Mrs. as a package deal. To have and to hold. In sickness and in health. To the cab waiting in the parking lot.
For her part, Miko issued follow-up tweets, noting in one, “Why would I want to offend Jewish people?’’ Good question. One she should have asked before she tapped “tweet’’ to post her craziness.
Additionally, in a statement to ESPN, she tried to explain her remark was about how “communities hire their own people.” In other words, a Jewish owner hired a Jewish vice president, both of whom she made sound incompetent.
“Why people find facts offensive is strange to me!’’ she wrote in her statement to ESPN. “And now I’m a racist? Lmao! How?’’
She continued to ESPN, “America is just an easily offended, fake reacting, bunch of crybaby a--p------! I’m not a racist. I’m a realist.’’
In other tweets, Miko noted how she knew Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill “stunk the minute we signed to this team.’’ She cajoled her husband not to retire, sign in Tampa, and “Now we got Jameis!’’ In another, she added, “We will go out on a high with a REAL qb.’’
The “we’’ makes me wonder, what’s Miko’s best time in the 40, her max weight and reps on the bench press? It’s her husband’s career, at least for the moment, provided her next tweet doesn’t get him cut before the Buccaneers officially opening training camp later this month.
Our right to free speech, and tweeting, covers a lot of ground. We should all be thankful for it. For the most part, we’re allowed to say or write whatever we want, typically only the most egregious remarks getting us hauled into court, or damned in the court of public opinion.
Ayesha Curry easily escaped both venues. Her astute husband helped her off the hook when he suggested, prior to Game 7, he might have to cut off Internet access to their house. A little humor goes a long way. Her post-Game 7 tweets were tame, respectful.
Miko Grimes’s comments won’t land her in court, but they will linger for as long as her husband’s career lasts. Her follow-up tweets and ESPN comments only underscored that she, at the very least, is tone deaf in regard to some very sensitive social/ethnic issues. She claims to be a realist, not racist, but her words read like they’re written in an altered reality.
Time to go sell crazy someplace else.Kevin Paul Dupont’s “On Second Thought” appears regularly in the Sunday Globe Sports section. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.