High school coach suspended after rant against gays, Michelle Obama

AP, WiG reports

The Lauderdale County School Board in Alabama has voted to suspend a high school football coach who was recorded making derogatory remarks to a class of students about gays and first lady Michelle Obama.

Lauderdale County High School football coach Bob Grisham has been suspended without pay for 10 days and was ordered to attend sensitivity training for four days.

School board officials have also removed Grisham from his position teaching fifth period psychology.

Grisham has said he misspoke during a debate-style discussion that an unidentified student recorded on Jan. 28. 

In a 90-minute audio of the coach’s remarks, he said the first lady had a “fat butt.” Regarding gays, he referred several times to “queers” and said, “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.”

LGBT civil rights advocates have encouraged the school board to dismiss Grisham.