Iowa- The University of Iowa and Iowa State University’s gambling sting has now charged a total of 14 current and former players seven more criminal complaints were filed yesterday. This round-up includes heavy blows to the Cyclone starting football experience.
Jirehl Brock is perhaps the biggest name out of this newest group as he was slated to be the starting running back for ISU. Brock rushed for 445 yards and three touchdowns last season, but his career is now in jeopardy after being accused of making 1,327 online bets under a DraftKings account that was listed under a non-athlete. This includes three games that he played in last season.
Three more Cyclones were accused: offensive tackle Jake Remsburg, defensive tackle Isaiah Lee, and tight end DeShawn Hanika. Remsburg is accused of used his mother’s account to place 273 wagers. The affidavit stated that Lee utilized a FanDuel account registered to his fiancée, which included 12 games that he participated in. Lastly, Hanika is accused of also using his mother’s DraftKings account to place 70 wagers on Iowa State basketball games and 288 total online wagers.
Remsburg expressed that he knew of the NCAA rules prohibiting athletes from gambling during the investigation.
The University of Iowa had one current player charged along with two former players. Hawkeye wide receiver Jack Johnson was accused of making 380 wagers utilizing a DraftKings account under his mother’s name.
Arland Bruce IV and Reggie Bracy are the former players who have been charged as they transferred to Oklahoma State and Troy, respectively. Allegedly, Bruce and Bracy tag teamed the effort as they both used a DraftKings account registered to Vincent Bruce, who was over the age of 21. Bruce is accused of placing 132 online wagers, including 11 games which he played in. Bracy made 66 wagers, which included two games that he participated in last season.
The Hawkeye’s student-manager Owen O’Brien was also charged with placing more than 350 wagers while underage utilizing a FanDuel account listed under his mother. He was on staff for three of the games that he bet on last season.
A student-athlete can lose permanent eligibility if they wager on their own sports or other sports at their school. The charge also carries a maximum prison sentence of two years with a fine ranging from $855 to $8,540. The two universities suspected a total of 41 student-athletes when the investigation was launched in May.