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Cell Phone Video Surfaces Of Basketball Coach Whipping H.S. Players, Lawsuit Filed

A few weeks ago, the Sportress had a delightful little heartwarming tale about one Marlon Dorsey, the head coach of the Murrah High boys basketball team, regarding allegations that he whipped players with a weightlifting belt when they screwed up in practice. I cannot stress enough how stories like this one really make you appreciate and value the lessons which are imparted on our nation’s youth by those individuals we entrust to coach and educate them. And when they get out of line, dish out a little corporal punishment. Good times.

Anyhoo, a six-second cell phone video has surfaced confirming that at least on one occasion, Coach Dorsey busted out the whippin’ stick (a belt in this particular instance) to give some kid who probably missed a layup some good old fashioned learnin’ courtesy of some frighteningly violent lashes with weightlifting belt. As you can see above, he really is laying into the kid, like an old man taking out his frustrations on his talking goat with the trusty hickory stick.

Now, Dorsey might get what’s coming to him, as lawsuits have been filed on behalf of three basketball players who claim they were physically and emotionally abused by Dorsey. All the juicy details follow.

Via the Clarion-Ledger:

The lawsuit alleges a violation of the basketball players’ constitutional rights, and accuses the defendants of invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress.

It maintains that Dorsey struck members of the team with a 5- to 10-pound belt across their buttocks sometimes in the presence of the assistant coach for failing to run plays correctly.

The suit alleges Dorsey also was verbally abusive, using words like “sissy,” “wimp” and “soft” to refer to the players.

If the players did not accept the punishment, the suit alleges, they were told they would “forfeit the opportunity to play basketball for their high school team.”

The lawsuit seeks damages to be determined by a jury. It also seeks temporary and permanent injunctions to keep the defendants from hitting the plaintiffs.

It seems to me that in this kind of situation, in addition to monetary damages, Dorsey’s dismissal, etc., the adage of “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” would be most appropriate and be righteously implemented here. Line up, kids, it’s time to impart some Old Testament justice. And it sucks to be you, Coach Dorsey. Payback’s a bitch.

Lawsuit: Video shows Jackson coach whipping students [Clarion-Ledger]

(previously at the Sportress: Corporal Punishment Alive And Well On Mississippi High School Basketball Courts)