A Dallas father is taking some of his son's former lacrosse coaches to court over claims he was coerced into paying thousands of dollars to ensure his son got playing time.
And the father plans to go after the coaches with the same law that has been used to put away dozens of notorious mob bosses, KDFW-TV reported.
Bill Munck, an attorney, filed his lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO. The law was passed by Congress in 1975.
The father's lawsuit alleges that coaches at the Episcopal School of Dallas and instructors at the Dallas Lacrosse Academy conspired to coerce several parents into paying thousands of dollars to ensure that their sons, including Munck's own son, Billy, would be able to play in some lacrosse games.
"Through the use of illegal and fraudulent conduct, including threats, intimidation and even extortion, defendants have tried to ensure that student athletes who want to play lacrosse in North Texas have to pay for play and have to go through the defendants' enterprise,” the suit alleges.
The complaint also says coaches and instructors at the school and the for-profit academy told parents that their sons wouldn’t get any playing time unless the families shelled out top dollar for private camps and training.
Billy Munck played nine of the seasons 11 games, the suit alleges, adding that he didn’t letter and later left the school.
The complaint also accuses the academy and instructors of breaking NCAA rules.
"Some of the better players were asked to replace weaker DLA players already on the roster, and these players were asked to board airplanes, stay at hotels and play in recruiting tournaments under another player's name,” it reads.
The defendants and Munck have both declined to the comment on the case.
However, KDFW-TV reported, citing law experts, it’s unlikely that Munck’s suit will proceed with the RICO charges because that designation requires the establishment of “a long pattern and specific evidence of racketeering.”
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