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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Alabama football coach under fire for racist, homophobic rant in classroom

An Alabama high school football coach has been suspended for 10 days after delivering what can only be described as a racist and homophobic rant in a classroom, all of which was caught in an audio recording.
In a rant that last nearly 90 seconds, Lauderdale County (Ala.) High head football coach Bob Grisham lashed out at “fat butt Michelle Obama” as the reason why the school cafeteria featured low calorie lunches. A second voice on the tape went on to call the first lady a “fat gorilla” and Grisham later claimed that, “what [homosexuals] do is wrong and an abomination against God.”
Grisham led Lauderdale County to the semifinals of the state playoffs in 2012 and has taught in the county school system since 1991. As part of his punishment, Reason.com reports that Grisham will not teach his fifth-period psychology class for the rest of the school year. He will also have to attend sensitivity training.
Grisham’s rant was submitted to Huntsville TV station WAFF-TV and the Times Daily, with the story then picked up by Online Sports Guys, which alerted Prep Rally to the hate-filled rant. Grisham said that he "mispoke in a debate situation," though that didn't appear to ease the pressure on the coach.
“The board’s range is to recommend doing nothing to termination,” James Irby, the attorney for the Lauderdale school board told the Times Daily earlier this week. “And, of course, they have everything in between, such as suspension with or without pay or merely a warning.”

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