Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell says there’s no spat between cornerback Brent Grimes and quarterback Ryan Tannehill after Grimes’ wife, Miko, bashed Tannehill on social media.
But Campbell made one thing clear: He’s a Magic Johnson fan.
Miko Grimes went after Tannehill on a Twitter tirade Sunday night and then said she wanted three local reporters — including myself — to be raped by Johnson, an NBA Hall of Famer who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1991.
Miko Grimes was criticizing reporters — which also included the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley and Armando Salguero — for being critical of her husband, but supporting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
All three reporters have written both positive and negative comments about Tannehill and Grimes this season, based on their performances.
None of the comments on my end have been personal in any way, or overly critical.
Campbell said he doesn’t believe you can discipline a player for his wife’s action.
He also confirmed that the team has had discussions about Miko Grimes’ repeated negative public comments about the team, but that it occurred before he was interim coach.
On Sunday night, Miko Grimes bashed Tannehill, who she’s been railing against all season.
Campbell said he would keep any discussion he had with Brent Grimes in-house, but that he doesn’t worry about anything that’s said by outsiders.
“I’m not concerned with those things,” Campbell said. “I’m concerned about the way our guys in our locker room just handle their own business with each other. I’m not worried about outside noise.
“This is not the first time to be honest with you as a player or coach that these things have happened. I know it’s quite a story but to me it’s about how our guys feel in the locker room. You can’t listen to all that stuff out there anyway. If you do, it’ll just bog you down.”
Campbell said he doesn’t believe there’s any issue between Grimes and Tannehill even though Miko criticized Tannehill’s practice performance — information she likely would have gotten from her husband.
“I’ve never sensed there’s been animosity or any type of disconnect between those two guys,” Campbell said. “That’s never been an issue. I still don’t believe it’s an issue.”
Campbell said players and wives don’t always agree with each other.
“Anybody is entitled to their own opinion,” Campbell said. “Sometimes my wife thinks different than I do. And she has that right.”
Grimes’ base salary is more than $8 million next year, but his contract is non-guaranteed.
He has had an up-and-down season. He has four interceptions but has also struggled against some top-tier receivers.
It’s unclear whether this could effect a potential 2016 return. The Dolphins may bring him back or decide to go in a different direction based on performance and cost alone.
Grimes will be 32 next season.
Miko Grimes was arrested while tailgating at a Dolphins game in September and charged with assaulting an officer. The chargers were later dropped.