Earlier this week, Iowa issued a statement on an alleged incident involving the program’s marching band that was reported to have occurred after the football game against Iowa State in Ames. Thursday, the athletic directors for both schools issued a joint statement, calling for fan bases to be more welcoming in the future.
The decision to move on from the investigation has apparently upset some Iowa band members. A student named Corey Knopp took to Facebook on Thursday night to express his disappointment in his school for not doing more after the incident.
In the post, Knopp alleges that after the game, as the band members marched in formation back to their bus, they were subjected to being shoved and having beer cans “shaken and sprayed” at their feet. He also alleges that one of his bandmates was left with broken ribs.
Another band member, Jack Buchanan, says that there was sexual assault as well. The two posts were brought to our attention by the Iowa City Press-Citizen:
Gotta love Iowa athletics and the AD. They tell us YESTERDAY they’re investigating the violent acts against us in Ames….
I have been trying to stay quiet on this issue and let the University handle things. Now unfortunately, it seems like…
Iowa vs. Iowa State is one of the most fun rivalries in college football, but whatever transpired here clearly goes beyond normal banter.
It’s unclear if Iowa will re-open its investigation now that multiple band members have spoken out. We’ll keep you updated.