by S.A. Prince @_saprince
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” –The First Amendment
The first and the subsequent nine amendments were established within the constitution, protecting the rights of American citizens. Though some cases have been taken to the Supreme Court thwarting against free speech, Justices have held up its premise with few exceptions. (CLICK HERE for Supreme Court Cases on Free Speech)
Essentially people can say what they want, regardless of whether it’s of degenerate or miscreant nature. And THEY DO! And yes, a person’s right to say whatever they want is protected. That being said, the Court of Public Opinion judges things a smidge differently from the Supreme Court. While the Supreme Court may indeed protect your freedom of speech, the Court of Public Opinion will levy consequences against you without remorse.
This is what has been happening to ex-Dolphin cornerback Brent Grimes and his wife Miko.
I’m not going to rehash the story. Plenty of people have reported on it, and if you’d like to read into it, CLICK HERE.
Grimes’ wife Miko has been on a social media tirade. Unable to bridle her opinions, she has taken the liberty to say whatever she wants to whomever she wants, emasculating her husband’s image in the process. Her antics are directly interfering with her husband’s livelihood.
Grimes was released by his former team, and until the Buccaneers signed him yesterday, teams were leery of taking him knowing that his wife’s antics would come too. Before being signed to the Buccaneers, Grimes’ wife quit Twitter. But, I am not convinced that her days of rash outspokenness are over.
Miko Grimes is representative of many of today’s social media users. People on social media say what they want when they want, typically without any fear of recourse. On the daily, there’s somebody having a Donald Sterling moment. Open mouth- insert foot.
People are shameless. And that’s all well and good, but like Brent and Miko Grimes, that kind of behavior always comes back to bite you in the arse.
A loose tongue isn’t going to help you in the real world, the world outside of the realm of social media. Unless you enjoy unemployment and alienation, then you must learn to control what comes out of your mouth, and what shows up on your social media timeline.
I leave you with a quote from Eric Thomas, “If you’re not careful, your talent will take you places where your character cannot keep you.”
Don’t be like Miko Grimes and spew venom from your tongue. It will always come back to bite you. But hey, at least we know she’ll be the perfect cast member on the next [Insert Job Description Here] Wives reality television show.