Iowa State star Jirehl Brock one of four football players charged with illegal sports betting…with Isaiah Lee accused of betting against his own team in latest twist
Jirehl Brock and three other Iowa State football players, along with three current or former Iowa football players, and a student assistant were charged Thursday as part of the state’s investigation. on illegal sports betting at both schools.
A total of 15 football and basketball players and staff with links to the schools have been charged since last week as part of the ongoing investigation. Current athletes face loss of eligibility for violating NCAA playing rules.
Brock and ISU teammates Isaiah Lee, DeShawn Hanika and Jacob Remsburg have been charged in Story County on suspicion of falsifying records to conceal they were under the legal betting age 21 years old at the time they placed bets.
Former Iowa Arland players Bruce IV and Reggie Bracy, current Iowa player Jack Johnson and student assistant Owen O’Brien face the same charge in Johnson County.
Iowa State’s Jirehl Brock was one of many players charged with illegal betting
According to court documents:
- Brock, the Cyclones’ top rusher last season, placed 1,327 illegal bets totaling over $12,000 between February 2022 and February 2023. The bets were made on a FanDuel account controlled by him but registered as Lindzey Paysen . Paysen’s relationship with Brock was unknown.
- Brock is accused of betting on three Iowa State football games, two in which he played, and 13 ISU basketball games.
- Lee, a defensive lineman, made 115 bets totaling over $885 between September 2021 and January 2023 on FanDuel. Among them were 21 bets on seven ISU football games in 2021 and another five games in 2022. He played in each of the games and is accused of betting on Texas to beat the Cyclones in 2021. His account was registered under a woman’s name. described as his fiancée, Kayla Cameron.
- Hanika, a tight end, made 288 bets totaling $1,262 between March 2022 and April 2023 through DraftKings, with 70 betting on ISU basketball games. His account was registered under his mother’s name, Kim Hanika. Remsburg, an offensive lineman, made 273 bets totaling $1,108 between May 2022 and February 2023 via FanDuel. Six bets were on ISU basketball and football matches.
- Remsburg’s account was registered as Keri Remsburg. The filing also referenced a DraftKings account registered under the name of his mother, Keri Meis. It was unclear if Keri Remsburg and Keri Meis are the same person.
- Bruce, a wide receiver who started 12 of 25 games before being traded to Oklahoma State, made 132 bets totaling $4,342 with DraftKings. Among those were bets on six Iowa football games in 2021 and six more games last season. Bruce played in every game. His account was registered as Vincent Bruce, whose relationship to Arland was not listed.
Iowa State QB Hunter Dekkers was also accused of betting on Cyclones sporting events
Bracy, a defensive back who is now at Troy, used the DraftKings account registered with Vincent Bruce to place 66 bets totaling $715 between February and November 2022. He made eight bets on Iowa sporting events, including two football matches he played.
Johnson, a walk-in receiver, made 480 bets totaling more than $2,500 with DraftKings between September 2021 and January 2023. Of the bets, approximately 380 totaling $1,800 were made before he reached the legal age. All were on an account registered under the name of his mother, Jill Johnson.
O’Brien was a student assistant before becoming a graduate assistant in December. O’Brien made 350 bets totaling over $3,047 with FanDuel between March 2021 and December 2022. All of them were on an account registered under the name of his mother, Audra O’Brien.
No lawyers were listed in the documents. The Des Moines Register was first to report the latest charges.
The state of Iowa has admitted that about 15 of its athletes in three sports are also suspected
“Since becoming aware of potential NCAA eligibility issues related to sports betting by several of our student-athletes in May, Iowa State University has been actively working to resolve these issues with the student-athletes involved, and that process remains ongoing,” Iowa State Senior Athletic Director Nick Joos said in a statement.
“We will continue to support our student-athletes as our compliance staff work with the NCAA to address issues regarding their future eligibility for athletics competition.”
Iowa spokesman Matthew Weitzel said the university had no comment. He said he expected football coach Kirk Ferentz to address the issue during the team’s media day on Friday.
Last week, charges were filed against Iowa State starting quarterback Hunter Dekkers, ISU offensive lineman Dodge Sauser, ISU wrestler Panioro Johnson, former lineman ISU defensive Eyioma Uwazurike, former Iowa basketball player Ahron Ulis, Iowa baseball player Gehrig Christensen and Iowa kicker Aaron Blom.