Jun 30, 2020
Former Iowa Running Back Akrum Wadley Says Playing For The Hawkeyes Was A Living Nightmare And Drove Him To Drink
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Former Iowa running back Akrum Wadley thinks playing for the Hawkeyes drove him to drink alcohol.
Kirk Ferentz and his program have been hammered recently by multiple allegations of misconduct towards players, and strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle ended up leaving the program. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Iowa players are sharing stories about racially charged treatment they received from strength coach Chris Doyle.Doyle is the highest paid strength coach in the country. https://t.co/KtVwvlwH9o
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 6, 2020
Now, Wadley has come forward with multiple comments about the culture, atmosphere and treatment of players at Iowa.
Wadley said the following in a statement released through the advisory firm of Robert T. Green:
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. Trying to gain and maintain that weight in a workout after drinking pounds of Powerade and/or shakes right before working out. This made me very sick daily which included vomiting and my body aching. This was happening once a week but then went to happening everyday. I remember those that were in my group which were all Black transferred.
You can read his full statement below, which includes a claim that Ferentz would make comments about him potentially robbing stores when he’d wear a hat during cold weather.
#SportsIsNotAGame #SportsIsAllBusinessWhy we wouldn't send your #AfricanAmerican sons to play for #Iowa #Football for…
Posted by Robert T Green on Monday, June 29, 2020
I honestly don’t understand what the hell is going on at Iowa. As I’ve said many different times, the Hawkeyes were viewed as one of the most respectable programs in all of college football.
When you talked about college football programs that were run the proper way, won a lot of games and were classy, Iowa is one that would always jump right to the front of your mind.
This is a defining moment for the Iowa Hawkeye Football program: pic.twitter.com/ckEH39QVki
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) June 6, 2020
However, the program has just been getting slammed left and right recently with allegations. First, there were the allegations against Doyle, which ended in the two sides parting ways.
Now, Wadley, who played for Iowa from 2014-2017, is claiming the treatment was so bad while playing for the Hawkeyes that he had to turn to alcohol.
It’s just a never ending avalanche of bad news for the Iowa football program.
Honestly, I have no idea how Iowa bounces back from this kind of chaos. It’d be one thing if it was just one very narrow accusation.
However, that’s not the case at all. There have been tons of allegations from multiple different players. At some point, you have to wonder if the AD will just smash the reset button.
Keep checking back for more updates on the chaos engulfing Iowa as we have them!
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Twins report: Players weigh mask-on, mask-off decision
Shortstop Jorge Polanco and second baseman Luis Arraez were among the group that had their masks pulled up over their noses and mouths.
Some other players opted against masks while in the field. Many others had them around their necks, ready to pull up at a moment’s notice.
When the season begins, expect to see at least some players masked during games. It’s yet another way the 2020 season will look different than any other.
“I’ve seen guys out here working out, I’ve seen guys catching with masks, running the bases, stretching, getting loose, playing catch,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I’ve seen guys basically doing everything so far and we know that there are guys that have a heightened awareness and concern with the situation and I wouldn’t blame them for wearing a mask if they were comfortable.”
Marwin Gonzalez said he was going to try to wear his masks during games, but said it was hard to run with it on, especially if he happens to be playing the outfield.
Hitting with a mask on, he said, would be easier.
“Probably, when we are in the dugout, when we are hitting, probably yes. But I think for defense, it’s going to be tough to keep it on,” Gonzalez said.
Left fielder Eddie Rosario said he wouldn’t like to wear his mask while playing, but if it was something he had to do, then he would.
Outfielder Jake Cave said he’d likely have his around his neck, ready to pull up when he got close to someone.
“I’m sure some guys will and the only reason I’m saying that — actually I’m not sure, but I’m just saying that because I’ve seen some guys that are doing it out there during practices and stuff like that,” Cave said. “I keep my mask. I got this type that they gave us. I keep it around my neck if I think I’ll be in any close quarters to guys in the dugout, other people, if I have to talk to the coaches face-to-face or something, I’ll probably put it on.”
SUMMER CAMPERS GET NEW GEAR
The summer campers got some new attire on Saturday. Twins players practiced wearing bright red shirts bearing a woodchuck holding a bat and the words “Twin Cities Summer Camp 2020.” Staffers wore light blue shirts with the same logo and the word “Staff,” on the back.
“(It’s) inspired by, obviously, the Golden Gophers and this being the Gopher State but also, there’s a family of woodchucks that we see at Nicollet Park on our walks probably every day, so we thought of it,” Baldelli said.
Baldelli’s fiancée, Allie, drew the logo by hand and clubhouse manager Rod McCormick got the shirts made up for the team.
“It’s kind of old school. If we’re going to call it summer camp, we might as well have an old school summer camp shirt,” Baldelli said.
Starters Rich Hill and Homer Bailey took the mound for Saturday’s intrasquad game and Baldelli was pleased with what he saw from both. “Visually, couldn’t look any better,” he said. … Third baseman Josh Donaldson announced on social media Saturday that he is expecting a baby girl with his partner, Briana Miller, later this year. … Baldelli said that all players have avoided injury thus far through the first week or so of camp.