WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- Police are investigating a charity basketball game with the Minnesota Vikings that never was.
About 50 ticket holders were stranded at the door Saturday afternoon when advertised teams featuring local football players and current and former members of the Minnesota Vikings football team didn't arrive.
"I sincerely apologize," said DeWayne Brasfield, general manager for the minor league Cedar Valley Vikings. "This whole thing was a scam. It was never authorized by us or the Minnesota Vikings."
The Minnesota Vikings had been contacted by Dennis Leahy of Waterloo about participating in the event but never committed to do so.
Leahy had talked to Waterloo school officials about renting two gyms and the commons area at Central Middle School for the game but never put down the money to solidify the reservation.
The game tickets listed a price of $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Tickets for the game said it was supporting the Partners and Education program, but officials at Waterloo schools said the activity had nothing to do with the program.
Waterloo police said they had opened an investigation into the matter.
Eric Johnson, attorney for Brasfield, said his client was approached about the game a month ago. Brasfield expressed interest but said he wanted to see proof the Minnesota Vikings were contracted to participate.
Brasfield discovered about a week before the event that tickets were being sold and the game was being advertised locally. He then contacted Matt Blair's Celebrity Promotions, a Minnesota-based firm that organizes events with the Minnesota Vikings. The company said it had been contacted by Leahy but never agreed to participate.
Blair's company sent Brasfield a copy of a correspondence, dated April 22.
"I would like to inform you that the Minnesota Vikings are not committed to this event," wrote Blair, former Minnesota Vikings player, after receiving a fax from Leahy. "I realize I spoke with you at the end of March and/or beginning of April. However, we never contracted for a Vikings team to join you for your event."
As people showed up for the game Saturday night, Brasfield distributed fliers apologizing for the incident and offering free tickets to Cedar Valley Vikings games to those who arrived. The team is scheduled to open its inaugural season in June.
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