As of July 2021, title, picture, and likeness allowed faculty athletes to earn cash utilizing their private manufacturers whereas below the NCAA’s watch. Properly, no less than above-the-table funds. Betting has clearly by no means been a part of that settlement, as placing money down on video games you’re concerned in brings on this planet of moral points. Pete Rose remains to be out of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds take satisfaction in disowning their franchise’s GOAT. Enter Hunter Dekkers, who had the within observe to be Iowa State’s beginning quarterback for the second season in a row, till a legal grievance filed Monday accused him of betting on Cyclones’ video games.
The grievance alleges round 366 bets totaling $2,799 — two oddly particular quantities — had been positioned on a DraftKings account linked to Dekkers, together with 26 bets on Iowa State video games. The individual wagers embody placing cash down on Iowa State’s recreation towards Oklahoma State on Oct. 23, 2021, which Dekkers didn’t play in. The grievance doesn’t state what sort of wager he made on the sport, but it surely does state Dekkers was below 21 — Iowa’s authorized betting age — when many of the bets had been positioned. His id was allegedly disguised with assist from his dad and mom, Scott and Jami Dekkers.
In a press release to ESPN, Dekkers’ lawyer stated his consumer will plead not responsible to the fees, but additionally step away from the crew at the moment. Throughout the nation, fall soccer camps have opened to offer groups a few month to get in form earlier than the season will get into full swing. A key a part of fall camp is setting the depth chart, which had Dekkers practically assured to be penciled in as QB No. 1, not solely as a consequence of being the incumbent however a scarcity of expertise on the Energy 5 degree behind him. Now, he’ll be fortunate to play one other faculty soccer recreation, because the up to date NCAA guidelines state everlasting expulsion from video games as a potential penalty.
Dekkers is also one of four current or former Iowa State athletes charged with tampering with data associated to a bigger ongoing investigation associated to sports activities playing at Iowa’s universities. Shockingly, one of many different three people is Eyioma Uwazurike, the Denver Broncos defensive lineman who was suspended by the NFL final week for violating the league’s playing coverage. Pot meet kettle. Along with betting on NFL video games from the Broncos’ facility, the grievance alleges Uwazurike made 801 bets totaling greater than $21,300, together with 4 bets on Iowa State soccer video games. He’s setting fairly the instance for how you can mess up your soccer profession. Even Uwazurike didn’t allegedly wager probably the most whereas as a Cyclone. Sophomore wrestler Paniro Johnson allegedly positioned round 1,283 bets price greater than $45,600, together with about 25 on Iowa State video games.
That is the newest growth within the alleged playing exercise that was widespread at Iowa and Iowa State. Because the crackdown on faculty athletes’ playing continues, the issue going past Alabama and the Iowa schools is sure to occur. There’s no method these incidents are remoted. And you know the way simple it’s to not wager in your crew and video games your teammates will play in? Simply an all-around, alleged, asinine determination from Dekkers.