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Texas Firing Jeff Banks Over Pole Assassin Monkey Controversy?

Texas Firing Jeff Banks Over Pole Assassin Monkey Controversy?

Texas football special teams coach Jeff Banks found himself at the center of a particularly unusual controversy this week.

Jeff’s partner, Danielle (Dani) Banks, reportedly hosted a haunted house this past weekend which she invited neighborhood kids and adults to attend. Unfortunately, things quickly went awry.

Apparently, as the story goes, Danielle’s pet monkey allegedly bit a young trick-or-treater. She seemed to confirm this in a series of tweets that were captured online before ultimately being deleted.

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The severity of the injury that occurred to the child in question seems to be up in the air, but the basic facts that something happened appear to be confirmed.

The story doesn’t stop there, though.

Danielle is reportedly a (possibly former) stripper who went by the alias Pole Assassin. She apparently appeared on “The Jerry Springer” show back in 2017, showing off her skills to the world.

This tweet seems to corroborate that:

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There is even more visual evidence of a monkey being incorporated in various acts:

 

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So what happens now? Well, Jeff is presently in his first year with the Longhorns after three seasons at Alabama. He is regarded as a top-tier recruiter, but obviously this is super embarrassing for all parties involved.

Will Texas ultimately fire Jeff over this mishap? Probably not. Particularly given the fact that it wasn’t even his monkey that allegedly bit a child. But you can’t help but feel like this probably puts him on thinner ice than he likely otherwise would’ve been on.

This has been a weird year in college football. Between an SEC reporter being lambasted for her overly “revealing” wardrobe and clear bullying of team personnel, this just feels like more par for the course.

What odd shenanigans will this sport bring us for the rest of 2021? Time will tell.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.

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