The Division of Criminal Investigation in Iowa is presently probing a betting controversy involving athletes from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Allegedly, underage athletes from these in-state institutions participated in unlawful betting, impersonating their parents to do so.
It is reported that Aaron Blom, the secondary kicker for the Hawkeyes, made approximately 170 bets amounting to $4,400. Interestingly, eight of these bets were placed on his own institution, with at least one amusing wager on his own team.
Approximately 125 miles westward, it’s alleged that Hunter Dekkers, the quarterback for the Cyclones, wagered 26 times on his own institution. One such wager was made on the football team, despite the fact that he didn’t participate in that particular match.
The attorney for Dekkers swiftly dismissed the accusations. He made a statement saying that his client “will plead not guilty to that charge because he is in fact not guilty of that charge.”
The message couldn’t be more clear-cut.
So, the premise is that Dekkers is innocent because he asserts his innocence. Understood. Quite a persuasive argument indeed.
While Dekkers and his legal team continue to assert no unlawful activities took place, a recently leaked video could potentially undermine their position. The footage seems to depict the former top-tier quarterback in a bar setting.
In the video, Dekkers – holding a drink in his left hand and his speech slightly slurred – seemingly approaches a young woman and extends his right hand to confirm a bet. The individual in the video, which might or might not be Dekkers wink wink, stakes $500 on the Cyclones winning against their Week 2 adversary.
The unidentified individual proceeds to say, “save it, don’t post it through because it’s technically illegal” just before the video concludes. His comment is an apparent reference to the illegality of the wager.
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Dekkers has been a member of the team since 2020, and the filming date of the video remains ambiguous. Iowa State faced TCU in Week 2 of 2020 and played against Iowa in the second week of both the 2021 and 2022 seasons. They are scheduled to play against Iowa once again in the second week this coming fall.
Could it be possible that both Dekkers and Blom were wagering on the same in-state rivalry match? The decision lies with a jury, but what an intriguing coincidence that would be!
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