By S. Ghermezian
A leading Jewish human rights organization has called on the wife of a prominent NFL player to apologize for accusing Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of seeking to keep his “Jew buddies” employed.
“Her comments can be construed as antisemitic,” Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told The Algemeiner. “If she wants to know why, let her just slot in African American or Latino. She should apologize.” He added, “The good news about sports is that at the bottom line, you are judged not by the color of your skin, but by how well your team performs. It’s a shame that this tweet doesn’t live up to the positive power of sports.”
Miko Grimes, wife of former Dolphins and current Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, sparked controversy on Monday when she tweeted, “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 was referring to Dolphins Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum.
Shortly after her post, Twitter users accused her of being racist, anti-Semitic and “a really low-class person.” Some followers said her remarks may even affect her husband’s career.
“You know the Tampa owner is Jewish right? You’re about to get your husband released,” said one Twitter user, while another wrote, “You may have just cost hubby a contract.”
An ESPN Insider analyst called Miko a “crazy bigot,” and Jay Glazer, FOX Sports NFL insider, called on Brent’s wife to “Please shut…up! Sincerely, the Jew buddy of ur [sic] husbands who first got him trained in [mixed martial arts] MMA.”
The Buccaneers declined to comment on Miko’s remarks, while the Dolphins told ProFootballTalk that the team also wouldn’t be commenting on the matter. Meanwhile, Miko responded to the criticism by doubling down.
“America is so…soft! No wonder we’re able to fake terrorist attacks (which are nothing but genocide on our own ppl) & yall believe it,” she tweeted.
“Its crazy how people still dont know the true meaning of being a racist,” she added. “They think ‘if im offended, that person is a racist’ how stupid!”
When one follower wrote, “I’ve never been negative towards you because I think your honest, but ‘Jew Buddies’? No need to be antisemitic,” Miko responded, “U thinks thats antisemitic? …Go cry in the corner. And stay off twitter….”
(c) 2016 The Algemeiner Journal