BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - Minnesota is the latest state to banning the man known as the Piggyback Bandit from high school games in the state.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sherwin Shayegan has a history of jumping on the backs of high school athletes.

Last spring the Oregon School Activities Association warned athletes to look out for Shayegan after he turned up at events in Eugene and Pendleton and got piggyback rides from some athletes.

Police in Bonney Lake, Wash., say Shayegan gave a high school athlete money and jumped on his back. He has also been arrested in Montana.

Executive Director David Stead of the Minnesota State High School League said Shayegan was seen in St. Cloud on Thursday and was known to be in Minneapolis Friday. Stead says he is banning Shayegan from all league-sponsored games and fine arts activities in Minnesota.

Last Thursday, the North Dakota High School Activities Association took similar action after Shayegan showed up at three high school sporting events in Bismarck.

Last fall, Shayegan pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of assault after his arrest in Helena, Mont. He acknowledged jumping on two players at a soccer tournament in October.

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