I am shocked — shocked, I tell you — to find out that a high school football coach in Alabama is a bigot. Bob Grisham, the football coach at Lauderdale County High School, spewed out a bucket full of bigotry and it was all caught on audio tape. Oops.
The audio clip begins with Grisham asking several young men if they knew who was behind the “600-calorie lunches” provided by public schools.
“Fat butt Michelle Obama,” Grisham says. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”
“Big fat gorilla,” a male voice agrees.
“I’m serious,” Grisham continues. “Y’all, our country is, is, is going in the wrong direction.”
“It’s going straight to hell,” another person on the tape adds.
“Things won’t get better until there’s a change in some areas and stuff. And you know what [President Barack Obama’s] platform was? Change,” the high school coach points out. “Y’all can get pissed off at me or not. You can go tell the principal, you can call the superintendent and tell her.”
“I don’t believe in queers, I don’t like queers,” he continues. “I don’t hate them as a person but what they do is wrong, it’s an abomination against God. I don’t like being around queers.”
On Wednesday, Grisham explained to The TimesDaily that that he had simply misspoken on the tape.
“I misspoke in a debate-type situation,” he insisted. “I have no hatred toward anyone or any group. People that know my heart, they know that.”
No, asshole, you didn’t “misspeak.” You spoke and you said exactly what you wanted to say, exactly what you believe. You even did so defiantly, telling them they can go tell your bosses what you said. Well, someone did. And I suspect that, even in Alabama, it’s probably going to get you fired. By the way, he’s not just a football coach he’s also a teacher. You know what he teaches? Psychology.