Updated Tuesday, February 5, 11:45 est
The Alabama high school "Coach of the Year" who was caught firing off homophobic vitriol and offensive statements about Michelle Obama has been suspended. Details follow.
Coach Bob Grisham, a psychology and driver's ed teacher who also coaches Lauderdale County High School's football team, has been suspended for 10 days without pay.
The Lauderdale County School Board met at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the matter. Grisham will have to attend mandatory sensitivity classes and meet with the assistant superintendent once a month. The board has also removed him from his 5th period psychology class, and he will be given a different assignment.
Some people were pleased with the Board's decision; others think the punishment should have been tougher. "I think it's fair because I'm a big supporter of Mr. Grisham. I've known him for years," said Lee Barclay. "He's taught my children. My son played football under him. He's a good Christian man; he just misspoke that day."
"I think he should be suspended more days than they gave him because we all have thoughts and thinking in our mind but don't say it out loud to kids," said Christine Perkins.
What do you think Instincters? Is 10 days without pay and having his psychology teaching job taken away enough of a punishment?
Coach Bob Grisham, a psychology teacher and the head football coach at Lauderdale County High School in Alabama, was known for being a "Coach of the Year." But know he's known for something quite different after being caught making disparaging remarks against gays and First Lady Michelle Obama.
"Our country is going in the wrong direction, you'd better be aware of it," Grisham told his students, unaware that he was being recorded. "And people running around like, oh it'll get better, it'll get better. No, it ain't gone get no better until things change."
"I don't believe in queers. I don't hate them as a person but what they do is wrong, it's an abomination against God," he continues. "I don't like being around queers."
He also called Michelle Obama a "big fat gorilla."
When asked to clarify the recorded comments, Grisham told the Times Daily—the publication that crowned him "Coach of the Year"—that he "misspoke in a debate-type situation." He added that he has "no hatred toward anyone or any group, people that know my heart" know that.