5 INVESTIGATES preview: Banned, but not benched

Updated: July 31, 2019 12:10 PM

5 INVESTIGATES takes a look at a coach banned from some of the biggest basketball tournaments in the country who is still coaching teens in the Twin Cities.

In 2007, Matt Ricker was convicted of a felony for sexually harassing several high school players at Hill-Murray.


5 INVESTIGATES found he has been banned from coaching by the Amateur Athletic Union, commonly known as AAU, and by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

However, Ricker is currently an assistant coach and scorekeeper for the Minnesota Magic, which is a prominent traveling basketball program run by John Sherman.

When asked what he says to parents who find out what's happened in Ricker's past and are concerned about him being around their children, Sherman said, "If there was a concern in the legal system, he would be banned from being around youth." 

Wednesday on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at 6:30 p.m., KSTP Reporter Kirsten Swanson explains how Ricker is banned but not benched.

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