A football coach in Spokane, Wa. allegedly exposed himself at a leadership camp last summer by putting his penis in a hot dog bun.
Jim Sharkey, the head football coach at Ferris High School in Spokane, has been suspended with pay while the school investigates claims that he exposed himself to students at a leadership camp last summer. According to the Spokesman Review, Sharkey purportedly put his penis in a hot dog bun, turned to players and said, “You think that is a big dog - take a look at this.”
Sharkey was suspended in February after the school received multiple similar complaints, per the Spokesman Review:
A couple of weeks after the camp, a Ferris player came forward and said that while Sharkey was grilling, he turned with his exposed penis inside a hot dog bun. Sharkey said, “You think that is a big dog – take a look at this,” according to school records that listed multiple different versions of the same quote.
While the coach got a written reprimand and was allowed to coach this past fall, school officials placed him on administrative leave Feb. 1 after more players claimed to have seen the hot dog incident and other students brought up separate incidents of questionable behavior by the 11-year teacher and coach.
Sharkey denies exposing himself, and suggested to district director of personnel Mary Templeton in January that "maybe they want me fired" as reasoning for the allegations.
Sharkey was also accused of drinking alcohol while at the team camp, and calling a female student a "puck slut" or "puck bunny" because she was friends with several hockey players who attended the high school. The report also suggested that players would gang up on a particular player on his birthday and stick their fingers up his anus in a practice called "juicing" and that Sharkey was aware of it occurring on multiple occasions.
Sharkey denied drinking at the camp, but said he saw other adults drinking, per the report. He also denied the birthday hazing allegations. He said the comments about the female student were "not meant to be inappropriate" though he did admit to saying them.