Four University of Iowa athletes plead guilty to illegal gambling, fined $645

September 19, 2023

Nine athletes and two staff members have faced charges since an investigation launched in May.

Four former University of Iowa athletes have pleaded guilty to underage gambling charges, the Associated Press reports.

All four athletes reached agreements with Iowa City prosecutors after the state launched an investigation into illegal sports wagering activities.

This brings the total of Iowa State players charged with illegal gambling to nine since August 1. Two Iowa athletic staff members have also been charged since the investigation began in May.

Football players Arland Bruce IV, Reggie Bracy and Jack Johnson, along with basketball player Ahron Ulis were charged with “tampering with records for allegedly falsifying information used to register accounts on mobile sports wagering apps.”

The athletes were fined $645. Similar charges were recently filed against Former Iowa State basketball guard Jeremiah Williams for “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.

Iowa State running back Jireh Brock was also under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. He recently left the team, according to a spokesperson from the athletic department.

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

Along with criminal charges, the players involved in sports betting were “subject to NCAA penalties ranging from suspensions of varying lengths to permanent ineligibility.”


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