An Alabama high school football coach is under investigation after he as caught on tape allegedly using slurs against “fat butt Michelle Obama” and “queers,” who he said were “an abomination against God.”
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.”
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.”
Gray promised to “investigate this thoroughly” and that any response would be “dictated by board policy.”
James Irby, an attorney representing the school board, said that the board had a range of options, from “doing nothing to termination.”
“And, of course, they have everything in between, such as suspension with or without pay or merely a warning,” Irby added.
Grisham, who also teaches driver’s education and psychology, was reportedly named coach of the year in 2012. He is expected to be out of school for the next week due to “family obligations.”
Listen to the audio below from The TimesDaily, uploaded Jan. 30, 2013.
[Photo: Lauderdale County High School]