Jim Sharkey, coach of the Ferris High School football team in Washington state, allegedly put his penis in a hot dog bun and showed it to the team at a football camp. There other allegations of inappropriate comments made and knowledge of inappropriate behavior from members of the team, but first we need to talk about the hot dog bun thing.
This is something you should never do, no matter the situation (no one wants to see that), but especially if you’re a grown adult man (should honestly stop be able to stop here) around minors.
The Spokesman-Review obtained details of what happened in the alleged incident from school records.
A couple of weeks after [a summer 2016] 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.
That’s not good! This is a bad prank that you might expect to happen at a fraternity cookout, but definitely not from a coach at a high school football camp. On the list of things a high school coach can’t do, pulling your dick out in front of your players is pretty close to the top.
Sharkey was allowed to coach out the season after school officials failed to find enough evidence from the initial reporting of the incident by one player, although he did receive a “written reprimand” for having other adults (the people hosting the camp) consuming alcohol with unsupervised access to the students.
However, Sharkey was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 1 when more players acknowledged the hot dog incident. Not only did more players corroborate the hot dog bun story, but more allegations emerged of improper activity going on in the football program under Sharkey’s watch, per The Spokesman-Review.
The records show more students came forward to say they witnessed the hot dog incident. A girl also complained that Sharkey called her a “puck slut” or “puck bunny,” because she was friends with Spokane Chiefs hockey players, most of whom attend Ferris.
Another football player also alleged that he knew of “four or five” times that players would gang up and dog pile a player on his birthday and they would shove their fingers up the player’s anus, something the players called “juicing.” The player also made it clear that no coaches or adults were around during those incidents.
None of these things are good, and if they’re found to be true Sharkey needs to not be in charge of a high school football team anymore. Sharkey admitted to saying some of the things he was accused of, such as the “puck bunny” comment, but tried to insist it wasn’t “meant to be inappropriate” (whatever that means). Sharkey denied for a second time that the hot dog bun incident occurred and also vehemently denied knowledge of the “juicing” and demanded they come out with specific details of the incident, calling the entire thing a “witch hunt.”
He has been on administrative leave since Feb. 1 and the school is continuing to investigate the allegations.