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Former Dolphins coach suspended after sexually suggestive comments

AP

More than two years after being dismissed as the Dolphins’ offensive line coach in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal, Jim Turner is in trouble again.

This time, Turner was suspended by Texas A&M for injecting sexually suggestive slides into a football clinic for women.

Texas A&M suspended Turner, who is the Aggies’ offensive line coach, and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks for two weeks without pay after they included derogatory sexual humor during the Wednesday evening clinic.

Turner and Banks offered coaching tips with several sexually suggestive terms, such as “keep your hips down,” and others that were much more vulgar

The comments became known on Thursday after a woman, Tonia Dousay, expressed her displeasure on Facebook. It was unclear whether she attended the event.

“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Friday. “While I was in attendance at the Chalk Talk event this week, I was engaged in meeting participants, taking photographs and signing autographs and I was unaware of the contents of Jim and Jeff’s presentations until this morning.

“Upon learning of the details, I immediately consulted with Director of Athletics Scott Woodward, and made the decision that both Jim and Jeff will be suspended without pay for two weeks effective immediately and will serve 20 hours of community service. I have addressed the issue with both of them and have their commitment to be better representatives of our program.”

In a statement, Turner and Banks said “we want to sincerely apologize to the passionate Aggie fans and to women everywhere for our failed attempt at humor during this week’s Aggie Football Chalk Talk and fundraiser. We clearly understand now that our comments and slides were not appropriate or consistent with the values of our football program or our Department. We must do better, and we will.”

The Dolphins fired Turner in February 2014 after NFL-appointed attorney Ted Wells mentioned Turner several times in his report on the Dolphins’ bullying scandal.

Wells said Turner participated in a running joke in which players questioned the sexuality of one of the team’s offensive linemen.

Around Christmas of 2012, Turner gave that player a male blow-up doll, while giving his other offensive linemen a gift bag including inflatable female dolls.

Wells’ report said Jonathan Martin and another Dolphins player were surprised Turner did this, but Turner told Wells he could not remember whether he gave a male blow-up doll to one of his players.

Turner later filed a lawsuit against both Wells and his law firm, alleging defamation. That lawsuit was dismissed by a Miami federal court on Friday.

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