The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Brent Grimes today, and instead of talking about the qualities of a 33-year-old Pro Bowler, everyone's talking about his wife. Including me. Good fun.
Miko Grimes deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts today as the Bucs signed her husband, leading to immediate speculation that the Bucs asked her to do that. She talked to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel to refute that notion, calling the Miami Dolphins a "dumpster fire" in the process.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Bucs aren't at all worried about Miko Grimes, though. That makes sense: not only is she not employed by them whatsoever, the Bucs have three coaches who worked with Brent Grimes in Atlanta and none of them seemed to have much of a problem with her at the time.
Indeed, the Buccaneers aren't concerned about Mr. or Mrs. Grimes. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, coach Dirk Koetter (who spent a season in Atlanta with Grimes), defensive coordinator Mike Smith (who coached Grimes for five years in Atlanta), and linebackers coach Mark Duffner (who spent the last two years with Grimes in Miami) separately vouched for Grimes.
The fact that we're talking about a player's wife is pretty absurd. She can say what she wants on social media or elsewhere, and it only really affects the team to the extent that they let it. There's no shortage of fans airing their opinions on social media, including ones with a wider reach than Miko Grimes. Passing on a player because of his wife isn't exactly a winning move.
And given Miko Grimes' history, there's a very easy way for the Bucs to avoid her slamming the team: treat Brent Grimes well, and win games. Which is probably in their plans anyway.