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Dad suing over son's lack of playing time on lacrosse teams

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A Dallas parent angry over his son's lack of playing time on lacrosse teams is taking some high school and select team coaches to court, and he's using the same type of law that's commonly used to put mobsters in prison.

The 39-page lawsuit was filed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known as RICO. Congress passed the civil and criminal statute in 1970.

In this case, the plaintiff says a group of coaches coerced wealthy parents to pay thousands of dollars for their sons to play lacrosse.

Attorney Bill Munck shelled out thousands of dollars for his son Billy to suit up for the Episcopal School of Dallas and the Dallas Lacrosse Academy, which is named in the suit. ESD is not named in the lawsuit.

The suit alleges, "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."

It goes on to say that Billy's former coach at ESD, Kevin Barnicle, and others involved in the for-profit Dallas lacrosse academy threatened parents that if they didn't pay for the academy's private camps and training, their sons wouldn't play on their high school teams.

The suit says Billy Munck played nine out of 11 varsity games his junior year, but did not letter and left the school.

The federal suit also accuses the coaches and Dallas Lacrosse Academy 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."

ESD lacrosse parent Laura Hart heard about the lawsuit and hopes it goes away.

"Get out there, play and move on with your life," she said.

Neither Bill Munck nor the defendants would talk to FOX 4 about the lawsuit, but several attorneys FOX 4 spoke to about the suit say it may not merit the strict standard RICO carries because there has to be a long pattern and specific evidence of racketeering.

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