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More Iowa State, Iowa players charged in sports betting investigation

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN

Four more Iowa State football players and three more members of the Iowa football program have been charged in the state’s investigation into sports wagering, which alleges that several athletes placed bets on games in which they played.

According to criminal complaints filed Thursday in district courts for Story and Johnson counties, the players face the charge of tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor, for allegedly concealing their identity in electronic wagering activities. The group includes Iowa State starting running back Jirehl Brock and three teammates with starting experience — offensive tackle Jake Remsburg, defensive tackle Isaiah Lee and tight end DeShawn Hanika.

Iowa wide receiver Jack Johnson was also charged, as were former Iowa players Arland Bruce IV and Reggie Bracy, who transferred to Oklahoma State and Troy, respectively. Iowa student manager Owen O’Brien was charged as well.

All four ISU athletes charged on Thursday have not been practicing. Oklahoma State said Bruce has been practicing with the team this month. Iowa had no comment on Johnson other than to say it continues to cooperate with the investigation.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison and a fine ranging from $855 to $8,540. According to the NCAA’s updated guidelines on gambling, athletes who wager on their own sports or others at their school can face permanent loss of eligibility. Another group of Iowa State and Iowa athletes was charged earlier this month in the state’s investigation, including ISU projected starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers. More than a dozen athletes have now been charged in the probe.

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