A day after the Miami state attorney’s office dropped charges against Miko Grimes, the wife of Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes spoke publicly for the first time about her arrest.
Grimes, speaking to WSVN-7, said her career has been ruined by the incident.
She was fired from her job co-hosting a WQAM weekend radio show after the arrest.
“Everything that I’ve been trying to do and my career that I’ve tried to rebuild and everything is destroyed by a lie,” she said.
Grimes was bear hugged and slammed to the ground by officers after she allegedly hurled expletives at them and refused to comply to their orders to leave a restricted area while tailgating before a Dolphins game on Sept. 27.
Officers claimed that Grimes headbutted an officer in the face. She was initially charged with a third-degree felony for assaulting an officer. The charge was later dropped resisting without violence, a misdemeanor.
But the state attorney’s office dropped the charges altogether, raising issues about possible excessive force and conflicting statements from witnesses and officers about the incident. It was unclear if or when Grimes actually headbutted an officer.
While a cell video of the incident exists, it only shows Grimes already on the ground and the alleged headbutt is not captured.
“I only watched it once and I kept it from my son for as long as I could,” she said. “When he saw it he screamed because he saw his mother on the ground screaming and yelling.
“I don’t think four police officers jumping on a 132-pound woman is necessary.”
She was arrested wearing a Brent Grimes throwback jersey.
“I was in jail in my husband’s jersey,” she said. “And the craziest part is there were so many people in jail that knew who I was. They just said they didn’t believe it, they said ‘we love you on social media. You tell it like it is.'”
Grimes is outspoken on Twitter and at times has berated fans, using vulgarity.
But those who have met her in person say she’s different away from the computer.
“It’s tough on the outside because of the way I was raised and the experiences of my life,” she said. “But on the inside I’m just really soft and nice and approachable and just caring. I don’t even know why people don’t like me.”
Grimes doesn’t want to forget the incident with Miami-Dade police.
“I feel like I was chosen for this because I’m the right person to fight this,” she said. “Because this is wrong. And I’m not going to stop. I’m fighting for people that don’t have a voice.”