The photo, now making the internet rounds (h/t Barstool Sports), shows Pocatello football coach Tom Harrison grabbing his fiancé, Laraine Cook's, bikini-clad chest. It was reportedly posted as part of a vacation album in July and removed the next day.
Cook, who led the Indians to the Class 4A girls' basketball state semifinals last season, was canned, according to multiple reports out of Idaho. Harrison, who has 10 state titles to his name, was only reprimanded by the school.
While the administration and several parents of Pocatello players argued on Cook's behalf, district officials elected to relieve her of her duties, according to KPVI News 6.
"We believe she's an awesome coach," Dave Reichelt, whose daughter played for Cook, told the TV news station. "We think she's a great influence on our daughters. Did she make some bad choices? Yeah. Did she post something that shouldn't have been posted? Yeah. But I think she received it in a lot of humility. Being so close to the season it's not fair to her. And it's definitely not fair to our daughters playing basketball for Pocatello High School to have this situation happen so fast."
The school district refused to comment on the obvious double standard of firing one employee and keeping another, more decorated one despite both appearing in the photo. Cook claimed officials told her she was fired because the picture appeared on her account.
"I wouldn't be doing anything that I would deem immoral, or not right, or inappropriate," Cook told Local News 8 in a televised interview, "and I definitely wouldn't ever put something like that on my Facebook account. … In my personal opinion, I don't feel that that photo is something to have me terminated on."
Harrison confirmed his status to the Magic Valley Times-News, but did not comment on his fiancee's firing other than to describe it as "a sad deal."
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