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Kahuku High basketball coach threatens suit over suspension

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Majority of the Kahuku basketball team sat out in a game against Maryknoll on Saturday Majority of the Kahuku basketball team sat out in a game against Maryknoll on Saturday
KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

What started out a dispute over playing time and preferential treatment might now be headed for the court room.

An attorney for Kahuku basketball Coach Alan Akina is threatening to sue the school's athletic director and some players' parents.

The dispute went public Saturday, when nearly two thirds of the Red Raiders' basketball team watched from the stands as their team lost to Maryknoll. The players said their decision not to participate was a protest against Akina, who they say organizes games to benefit his sons, players on the team.

"It's blatant. His sons, the way the team is run, the way the team is organized, the way the plays are organized, everything, is revolved around his sons to get his sons shots, to get his sons stats better," said Kahuku guard Kenny Spencer

Parents are also upset about the situation, and have reached out to the school multiple times to air their concerns.

"We've written letters. We've gone in to see them individually as parents. The boys have gone in as a group to see them and to have no results and to think that we're going to just continue the way it is?" said Marina Sauvao, whose son plays for the Red Raiders.

On Monday, the protesting players and parents saw the change they were pushing for. Akina's attorney, Eric Seitz, says the Red Raider head coach was placed on indefinite leave.

"Alan was told he's no longer the coach he's on interim suspension," Seitz said. "I've been trying since that happened to talk to the athletic director. I've called repeatedly to speak to the principal or the athletic director or to the attorney generals who typically represent them and nobody wants to talk."

Seitz says he plans to take action if Akina and the athletic department can't come to a resolution before Monday.

If no resolution is reached, he said, "We're going to end up filing a lawsuit, and we're going to sue not only the athletic director and the principal but also the parents as well for meddling."

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