Seven more football players charged in Iowa, Iowa State sports gambling probe

Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Seven more current and former Iowa and Iowa State football players were charged in a state investigation into sports gambling, according to criminal complaints filed in Story and Johnson county district courts.

Iowa court records show that Iowa State starting running back Jirehl Brock, offensive tackle Jake Remsburg, defensive tackle Isaiah Lee and tight end DeShawn Hanika were among the latest Cyclones who face the aggravated misdemeanor charge of tampering with records, allegedly attempting to conceal their identity for electronic wagering.


The charges were filed Thursday.

Iowa wide receiver Jack Johnson, former Hawkeyes Arland Bruce IV and Reggie Bracy and student manager Owen O'Brien face the same charges. Bruce transferred to Oklahoma State, while Bracy transferred to Troy after spending last season with the Hawkeyes.

"The Iowa division of criminal investigation's special enforcement operations bureau serves as the primary criminal investigative and enforcement agency for gambling laws in the state of Iowa and investigated alleged violations of Iowa law related to sports wagering at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University," David Jobes, assistant director of the division of criminal investigation said in a statement.


"The investigation is ongoing and no further information can be released at this time."

The charge carries a sentence of up to two years and prison and fine of up to $8,540. NCAA guidelines state that "student-athletes who violate sports wagering rules will be ineligible for competition, subject to appeal to the committee on student-athlete reinstatement."

Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers was among a group of several other current and former Cyclones and Hawkeyes athletes charged earlier this month with tampering with records, related to the state probe into sports gambling.

All of those charged are accused of manipulating transactions, attempting to show the bets were made by other people.

Iowa State and Iowa announced in May that gaming officials were investigating 41 student-athletes on allegations of prohibited online sports gambling.

"Since becoming aware of potential NCAA eligibility issues related to sports wagering by several of our student-athletes back in May, Iowa State University has been actively working to address these issues with the involved student-athletes, and that process remains ongoing," Iowa State said in a statement Thursday.

"We will continue to support our student-athletes as our compliance staff works with the NCAA to sort out questions surrounding their future eligibility for athletics competition."


Troy announced Thursday that Bracy was suspended from team-related activities, in response to the allegations. All of the Iowa State players charged have not been participating in practice.

The Cyclones will face Northern Iowa in their season opener Sept. 2 in Ames. The Hawkeyes will host Utah State on Sept. 2 in Iowa City.

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