Four football players from Iowa State and three from Iowa are being charged for placing bets under a different name for games they played in.
Iowa State’s starting running back Jirehl Brock made 1,327 online bets for over $12,000, including three games last season that he participated in.
Other current players and former athletes are being charged for betting on their own games, sometimes even betting on the opposing team to win.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Seven more Iowa and Iowa State football players are being charged in the ongoing sports betting investigation. Even staff members participate in betting, as Iowa’s student manager Owen O’Brien made over 350 bets that includes three on Iowa football games under his mother’s FanDuel account.
That makes eight more athletes and staff members from Iowa and Iowa State’s football program being charged for college football betting on their respective school’s games.
Four more Iowa State players and three from Iowa — two who have transferred, one who remains on the team — were charged today in the sports wagering investigation. ISU starting running back Jirehl Brock among those charged.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 10, 2023
According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, who obtained the affidavit against the players, “ the players face the charges of tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor, for allegedly concealing their identity in electronic wagering activities.” This includes Iowa State’s running back Jirehl Brock, offensive tackle Jake Remsburg, defensive tackle Isaiah Lee and tight end DeShawn Hanika, who all have starting experience and wagered on varying NCAA events.
Jirehl Brock made 1,327 bets under a non-athlete’s DraftKings account, totaling over $12,050. Brock bet on three games that he played in last season, as well as 13 bets on Iowa State Cyclones basketball games according to the affidavit.
Former Iowa receivers Arland Bruce IV and Reggie Bracy, who now transferred to Oklahoma State and Troy, allegedly collaborated in placing underage bets. Bruce made 11 bets at online sportsbooks on games he played in throughout the 2021 season, followed by eight more games in 2022 that he played in.
In total, Bruce bet over $4,300 across 132 bets using a DraftKings account registered to a non-athlete over 21 years old. Fellow alleged account user Reggie Bracy is suspended from all team-related activities at Troy for his Iowa sports betting actions that included betting on two games that he played in last season.
Tight end DeShawn Hanika from Iowa State told investigators he knew of the NCAA rules prohibiting gambling, which is why he used his mother’s name to make a DraftKings account and place 70 wagers on Iowa State basketball games. Iowa wide receiver Jack Johnson is also accused of using his mother’s DraftKings account to bet on two Iowa games in which he didn’t play.
Against Their Own
Iowa State defensive lineman Isaiah Lee made a money line bet on Texas against his own Iowa State Cyclones in 2021. Lee made 12 bets on Iowa State games he played in from 2021 to 2022.
The addition of more Iowa and Iowa State sports betting violations comes after the Cyclones’ projected starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers was accused of betting on August 2.
Iowa is a state with legal sports betting, but NCAA athletes are prohibited from betting on any sporting event; especially events the player is participating in. Players who bet on games in which they participate in face a potential permanent loss of college eligibility.
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Zach is currently a student enrolled at Florida State University. He is majoring in Writing, Editing, and Media with a minor in Communication. Zach is interested in the legalization aspect of sports betting and enjoys participating in DFS. He has a passion for sports writing and most enjoys writing about football and baseball both professional and collegiate.