Following September’s rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State, the Hawkeyes’ marching band released some troubling allegations about treatment they received in Ames. Members of the band say they were subject to “physical and sexual assault” by fans at the game.
The two schools initially put out a dual statement, in which issues on both sides of the rivalry were discussed. Members of the Iowa band were not thrilled with the reaction, and one put out a lengthy statement on Facebook, detailing some of the allegations from the game. From the initial post:
“Let me be clear. THERE WAS PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AT THE IOWA STATE GAME AGAINST THE BAND. Many of my bandmates still have the bruises to prove it. Athletics has had several meetings with the band stating that they had our backs and that people were looking out for us. Instead of standing by their students when we are victims of actual violence and making real changes, they’d rather sweep it under the rug and pretend everything is fine. WE EXPECT BETTER FROM YOU!!!”
Following that post, Iowa State police said that four potential criminal cases had been identified, following the incident. It appeared that a more robust investigation was set to take place. Months later, we have more on the incident, though its unclear how well received it will be by the Hawkeyes band members.
From the Associated Press:
University leaders have determined there’s not enough evidence to pursue charges stemming from allegations that University of Iowa marching band members were targets of abuse during last season’s football game at Iowa State University.
Members of the Hawkeye Marching Band allege that they were subjected to racial slurs and other verbal abuse as well as sexual harassment before, during and after the Sept. 14 contest at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
Iowa Board of Regents President Mike Richards said in a news release Wednesday that the two universities’ presidents, lawyers and police chiefs had discussed the investigation and decided not to seek charges.
Per the report, the two schools are working together, along with the University of Northern Iowa, to try and assure that nothing like these allegations happens again, whether it is in Iowa City, Ames, or anywhere else in the state. Hopefully they take that responsibility very seriously.