September’s Iowa vs. Iowa State game resulted in some nasty allegations coming from the Hawkeye marching band. Members allege that there were instances of “physical and sexual assault” committed by fans at the game in Ames.
Some very vague rumors emerged about mistreatment of the band after the game. They resulted in a statement being put out by both schools, citing issues that have come about with the road bands’ presence in both Iowa City and Ames on either end of this rivalry.
After the joint statement was put out, an Iowa band member posted to Facebook, clearly upset that the school hadn’t pursued things further. From his post:
“I have been trying to stay quiet on this issue and let the University handle things. Now unfortunately, it seems like they have abandoned us too. 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!!!
“Let me be especially clear, Dr. Bush and Charlie Taylor have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the band is treated better than this and that appropriate action is taken. They are not at fault for this and if anything deserve the highest praise for fighting for our safety. This dismissal of the band comes from the very top of Athletics and is frankly disgusting!”
Now, according to KCCI-TV, Iowa police have identified four potential cases and referred them to Iowa State police.
“Iowa State University Police Chief Michael Newton said Wednesday that University of Iowa police have referred four potential criminal cases to ISU police in connection with Hawkeye Marching Band incidents at the Cy-Hawk game
“Newton said officers are working with the victims and hope to release more information soon but cannot provide any other details while it’s an active investigation.”
Last week, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard released a statement, saying that the Iowa band “marched into the back of” and “forced their way through” the ISU crowd, and that while he believed they may have been subject to some of the things described in the allegations, it is because the Cyclones band has faced similar things at Kinnick Stadium in years past.
However it went down, there is no excuse for that type of treatment for visiting fans, whether they’re in Iowa City, Ames, or anywhere, and it isn’t surprising that the band hasn’t been thrilled with how things have been handled thus far.
We’ll have more as the investigation goes along.