Former Iowa Hawkeye RB Akrum Wadley alleges mistreatment by coaches


FILE – Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) breaks the tackle of Rutgers Scarlet Knights defensive back Blessuan Austin (10) for yardage during first half of NCAA college football game.
Saturday, September 24, 2016, in Piscataway,NJ
Noah K. Murray/AP

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa running back Akrum Wadley says he was so mistreated by some coaches he now regrets playing there.

Wadley’s statement, posted on Facebook, mentions coach Kirk Ferentz, his son, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, and others.

He says his weight was a constant issue and was used to belittle him.

“I was threatened by Kirk Ferentz that my meal card would be taken away and I will not eat nor be able to sit with my teammates during eating sessions. He did follow through on his threat,” said Wadley.

He mentions that playing for the University of Iowa’s football program 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,” wrote Wadley.

For Wadley’s full statement, see the Facebook post below.

A statement issued to the Des Moines Register said Kirk Ferentz would not comment publicly.

“Coach Ferentz believes that meaningful change takes time and a thorough independent examination is already underway. He remains committed to creating a more inclusive culture for all of his players now and in the years to come,” the university statement said.

From the University of Iowa Athletic Department

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