Ex-RB Wadley alleges racism, bullying at Iowa

Former Iowa running back Akrum Wadley issued a statement Monday alleging a culture of bullying and racism in the football program and a lack of oversight from the school to address the issue.Wadley’s statement was made public in a Facebook post on the account of Robert T. Green, a player representative working with multiple ex-Hawkeyes who have made complaints against head coach Kirk Ferentz’s program.Former Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle left the program two weeks ago amid allegations that he contributed to a dysfunctional culture for Black players.The school has hired a law firm to investigate statements made by minority players who also maintain that they were mistreated.Akrum wrote, “I wish I never played for the Iowa Hawkeyes. I would not encourage any future athletes or parents to send your kid to go play for the Iowa Hawkeyes under that current coaching staff. …”My hope is my story and those of my teammates save others from the experiences, truths and mistake of playing under and for a coaching staff at Iowa that did and said nothing to stop the bullying and racism from happening to us under Chris Doyle, (offensive coordinator) Brian Ferentz and Kirk Ferentz. What you see on TV isn’t what you get behind closed doors.”He added, “I felt like playing for Iowa Football was a living nightmare. I never drank alcohol prior to going to college but based on my experience there it became the only thing I could rely on it seems and was what I did to cope. Game day was the only day that it was somewhat of a relief for me, but that even became difficult based on what happened during the week leading up to it. It was clear to myself and other black teammates we were targeted to the extreme regarding not making Iowa’s required weight.”

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