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Federal lawsuit filed against basketball coach

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - More trouble for a high school basketball coach who whipped his teenage players with a heavy weightlifting belt.

Parents of three of those students have hit Murrah High School Basketball Coach Marlon Dorsey and the Jackson Public School District with a federal lawsuit.

Attorney Lisa Ross released a video of Coach Dorsey striking one of the players with the big belt at least three times and using inappropriate and abusive language during the whipping.

Ross says the licks by Coach Dorsey served no legitimate purpose whatsoever and she says Coach Dorsey made false accusations about the students in his written apology for the whippings.

"There will be simply no evidence to show that any of my clients ever stole a cell phone, that they were disruptive in the classroom or that they disrespected any teacher, administrator or any other student. If they had done so, they were supposed to do a write-up and they have not received any sort of write-up," Ross said.

Ross says she is seeking injunctive relief to prevent the whippings in the future and compensatory damages.

The whippings had been going on since September but some of the players remained silent for fear of being kicked off the team.

Jackson Public Schools Attorney Joann Sheppard was unavailable for comment.

WLBT News could not reach Coach Marlon Dorsey for his response.

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