Pride in the shadows.

A high school football coach has learned how easy it is to be proud in the shadows.  When your bosses aren’t listening, it’s easy to bravely defy the responsibilities of your job.

Lauderdale County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gray confirmed to The TimesDaily that Lauderdale County High School coach Bob Grisham was being investigated after an anonymous source provided a tape of him allegedly using the slurs.

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.”

Listen to that guy: so proud.  Things are going badly and this coach knows the answer – and knows that the students in his charge need to hear it, damn the consequences!  He doesn’t care who is listening.  Coach Grisham is a hero, you see.

Well, someone did go call the Superintendent, and she got to listen.  It turns out that pride in the shadows is often revealed to be rank cowardice by the light of accountability.

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.”

Not so proud of being a bigot now, are you?  What happened to standing up for Jesus no matter what?  When your bosses find out, suddenly your principles take a backseat to self-interest, and our champion of virtue quickly becomes an eager companion to lies.  He did not misspeak.  The sentiments he expressed were precisely what he believes, and precisely the ideas he’d like to see contaminating the minds of his students.

Some of this man’s students are gay, and he just announced that they were an abomination.  Fire him.

And what’s this bullshit about “People who know my heart, know that”?  I imagine those who “know his heart” sit in the pews beside him thinking the same damn thing.  It’s not like his heart is free of disdain – free of self-assurance, so much so thathe should get to choose what consenting adults other people get to love, and it’s his mouth that’s full of hate.  The rot in this man goes all the way up to his brain, stinking of Jesus the entire way.

And the kicker?  This guy teaches psychology (hopefully for not much longer).

(Via Ed Brayton)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Robert

    Thanks for bringing more attention to this JT. We have been arguing in a Facebook comment thread with a lot of this guy’s supporters… yes… he has supporters. Unfortunately, it looks like he is getting off with only a ten day suspension.
    I tried to find more on Shadrack Mcgill but apparently it wasn’t covered by any news sources. I found out from a radio program. A lot of things they do here is shady or under the table, through the back door kind of stuff. I just now learned the guy is getting sued over a million dollar discretionary account.

    • eric

      Somebody on another thread commented that he’s taken the football team from losing to two or three straight seasons of winning. So obviously they aren’t going to fire him. Priorities, priorities.

  • Glodson

    “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.”


    “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.”

    Let’s try to improve this statement. Not sure what the debate was on, but whatevs. “I don’t believe in the gay people. I don’t like gay people. I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong, it is a sin according to God. I don’t like being around gay people.” Ew, no. That didn’t work. Let’s try again. “Being gay is wrong according to my God and I don’t like being around gay people because I’m afraid they’ll go after my precious bodily fluids and make me lust for man ass.” Okay, I think I fucked that one up. Damn, this is hard. Let’s try some of the other things he said in this debate. Maybe we can make it so that what he said was only offensive because of the words he said and not the underlying meaning.

    “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” Grisham says. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.”

    Maybe I can edit this one. I think I’m up to the challenge. “I don’t like big butts, I cannot lie, when I see a girl walk in with an itty-bitty waist and a round thing in my face, I don’t get sprung.” Shit. Sorry. Damn Sir Mix-A-Lot! Maybe this will work. “Michelle Obama has a large posterior as I look at her. She’s a large woman, and according to the BMI, she is overweight even though this really has nothing to do with the reasoning behind what she says and I’m not entirely sure why I’m even bringing this up.” Hey, okay, other than the posterior thing and his need to cite the BMI which is garbage, this isn’t so bad….

    Really, this is my way of saying that I hate the whole idea of “misspeaking.” It is possible, but rare. I’ve done it before. It can happen. Sometimes we can say things we don’t intend by use of language. It isn’t always clear when that happens. If you do this, correct yourself. We can see if you are lying or not. It is like when people said the problem with what Todd Akin said was that he put it poorly. No, it was his fucking message. The parts of with Michelle Obama were the statements of an asshole. But okay, it happens. They didn’t make sense, but he seemed to be ranting about the school food. But the first statement, nothing can fix that.

    He didn’t misspeak. He was just misheard, in that people he didn’t want to hear his bigoted and stupid comments actually heard them.

    • iknklast

      And another big wrong: There is NO WAY Michelle Obama looks like she weighs 185-190 pounds. She’s simply not fat. ‘Fat butt’ is just his chosen euphemism for “look, the woman is black. What more do you need to know?”

      • iknklast

        Not that it matters. If she WERE fat, it would be totally irrelevant; but he commits a double wrong of making a statement about something that is not only totally irrelevant, it is totally wrong (not even wrong, as the saying goes)

      • Glodson

        Hey, let’s not bring facts into this man’s fictional debate!

        Seriously, how the was this even a debate? Debates have other points, not people agreeing with you.

        • Loqi

          Clearly he’s just a fantastic debater and his opponent could help but agree with his well-reasoned positions.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    He’s not going to get any of that recently-freed-up Fox airtime walking back his words! He should go on the attack! He needs to freeze some peaches, and then say it’s liberals who are the real bigots here because the only true bigotry is calling out bigotry.

  • Art Vandelay

    I don’t believe in queers…


  • Art Vandelay

    Here’s my favorite “Gays are the anti-christ” story this week…

    It’s all Walt Whitman’s fault.

    • Glodson

      You need to understand the agenda here. What’s happening is they want homosexuals to be able to be involved in adoption and foster care as much anybody else. So picture a nice little homeschool family, just trying to do the right thing. An anonymous tip comes in, social services swoops in, they grab the kids in the year 2022 and the kids get remanded into a home with homosexuals and these particular homosexuals happen to be tied into NAMBLA and other things. You know what’s going to happen. There will be proper indoctrination into a certain kind of worldview, shall we say.

      Homosexuality doesn’t work that way, asshole! Goddamnit.

      Yeah. It’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy. And I think there are a lot of concerned parents. There are concerned Catholic parents. There are concerned homeschool parents. And especially when you get a Regnerus study that comes out and says they’re ten times more likely to be touched sexually by a parent in a homosexual home than, you know, the normal American secular home. Wow. That’s frightening.

      And I thought the reference to the Regnerus bullshit was out there, but this statement stood out to me… “the normal American secular home.” What? Is he comparing the rates of molestation to a home without god or is this some usage of the word secular I’m largely unfamiliar with? Just odd.

      Just remember about 100 years ago, you had three homosexuals in the world as far as anybody really knew. There was a Canadian named Robert Ross, an Englishman named Oscar Wilde, an American named Walt Whitman. They led the charge in the early 1900′s and wound up in and out of the prison system and in court and so forth for a period of time. And again, there was only about three that anybody knew of and it was hardly anything that was mentioned among the established world at that time, that is in Europe, Canada and America. But you did have those three men, as far as history bears out, Robert Ross, Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman were well-known for some level of homosexual activity, although they could not call themselves homosexuals at that time.

      Leaves of Motherfucking Grass! Wait, so this was it? Like three guys who were gay? Were they gay together? I mean, who did the make the gay sex with? Is this like Pokemon in that as we go back in the past, it is easier to catch them all? Couldn’t just be that there were other gay men, it just wasn’t exactly a time of sexual awareness? Could this just be more steaming bullshit?

      Today, it might be a little different because you have a lot of quote-unquote apostate Christian churches that have adopted homosexuality and they will do their best to burn Christians at the stake or do what Nero did, I’m sure, in the years to come, because that’s sort of the history of homosexuals and what they have done ever since they were banging on the doors outside of Lot’s house.

      I guess they might play the fiddle. I don’t know. And I try not to reference fiction, but I guess that shit is important to him. But Lot seems to resonate with him. Hey, didn’t Lot offer his daughters out to be raped?

      I do like that the article has some good news. It seems there’s hope to see Colorado recognize same sex marriages, despite the fact that the “…Republicans were able to mount an unprecedented procedural move that saw them close down the chamber so they didn’t have to debate the bill, this year’s reformed House sees Republican power heavily curtailed by a Democratic majority.”

  • Art Vandelay

    Hey, didn’t Lot offer his daughters out to be raped?
    By gay angels!

    • Glodson

      Man, gay angels are the worst.

      • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

        But they’re so fabulous!

    • Amyc

      He also went outside and waved his de-sexing stick most unsexily…