New complaint, Murrah coach temporarily steps down

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A high-school basketball coach suspended last season for whipping players with a weight belt has temporarily stepped down while Jackson Public Schools investigate a complaint about his conduct after a November game.

Marlon Dorsey’s attorney, Thandi Wade, tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/u320p8) that Dorsey allegedly “fussed” too much after Murrah High School’s Nov. 17 game against Yazoo City. Wade wouldn’t give details, but says Dorsey will contest the allegations.

Wade says Dorsey chose not to coach during the investigation because he doesn’t want to be a distraction.

Dorsey was fired last season after Murrah players said he whipped them, but was allowed to resume coaching after a 25-day suspension.

JPS interim Superintendent Jayne Sargent has said through a district spokesman that she will not comment because of employee confidentiality rights.

Dorsey, along with other Murrah and district officials, is a defendant in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of three players who say they were whipped by the coach for missing plays in practice. Dorsey admitted to whipping the players but said it was because of disciplinary problems, according to court records.