It’s possible that Hunter Dekkers, the quarterback of Iowa State University, could be facing more than a simple suspension following his accusation of betting on himself.
According the Des Moines Register local law enforcement filed criminal charges against Dekkers after he tampered with records during an investigation of sports betting at the University. Three athletes are accused of altering sports betting records in order to hide their betting activities. The other players are offensive-lineman Dodge Sauser and wrestler Paniro Johnston. The three players were all under 21 years old when some of the bets were made.
Dekkers’ attorney released the following statement about his client:
“Hunter Dekkers rejects the criminal charges brought against him. He will plead guilty to the charge, because in reality he is not guilty. This charge is an attempt to criminalize something that Americans do every day. Every day, millions of people use online accounts to share all sorts of information.
This prosecution politicizes and interferes with the business of Iowa State University, and the NCAA. The Iowa investigation is just the tip of the iceberg. Many thousands of college players place bets, usually small ones, using shared accounts. It is up to the NCAA and schools to enforce this.”
Dekkers, and others, are accused of tampering primarily for having used other people’s accounts to mask their identities to operators.
Dekkers bet more than $2799 across 300 bets. 26 of these were placed on ISU football. Sauser bet just over $3,000 while Johnson was involved in more than $45,000 and almost 1,300 wagers. 25 of these were placed on ISU events.
If these allegations are true, and each player has bet more than $800 on sports as well as their own, they will be forced to sit out at least half of the season. The NCAA may impose more severe penalties if it so chooses.
Dekkers, who was expected to start the season as the starting quarterback for the team, will now miss fall camp in order to concentrate on these allegations and school.
In addition, the investigation in Iowa included additional information about Eyioma Uwazurike who was recently suspended by the Denver Broncos. Uwazurike, a graduate of ISU and former student-athlete of the university, is accused of betting 32 times during his time on the Broncos roster. He also bet on a few ISU games. Like the thhttps://www.betssongroup.com/what-we-do/sportsbook/ree ISU athletes, he is facing criminal tampering charges.