Iowa State loses more athletes due to sports betting investigation

August 22, 2023
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Basketball guard Jeremiah Williams and football running back Jireh Brock face charges relating to the inquiry.

A sports betting investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has led to the departure of several Iowa State athletes, according to local news reports in the Des Moines Register. Former Iowa State basketball guard Jeremiah Williams was recently charged with “tampering with records” related to the inquiry.

A recently released criminal complaint by Story County Attorney's Office laid out the specifics of Williams’ charges. According to the complaint, “Williams allegedly engaged in a scheme to place sports wagers while underage,” to the tune of 15 wagers adding up to $1,560.

However, the report does not state whether these bets were on Iowa State sporting events.

Williams recently transferred to Rutgers after charges were filed. According to the local news report, Williams did not play for his former team due to a severe injury to his Achilles tendon during a workout last fall.

But Iowa State athlete departures are not limited to basketball. Iowa State football running back Jireh Brock, also under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, recently left the team, according to a spokesperson from the athletic department.

Brock left shortly after defensive lineman Isaiah Lee’s departure a couple of weeks ago. Lee was recently charged with “tampering with records in order to disguise his identity online for the purpose of betting on sports.”

Lee’s incident involved 12 Iowa State football game bets. The investigation found that Lee had placed a total of 115 wagers for a total of more than $885. Among those was a wager Lee placed against his team, The Iowa State Cyclones.

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