Report: Ex-Iowa RB Akrum Wadley details 'nightmare' experiences with Kirk, Brian Ferentz
A few weeks after Iowa head coach Kirk Fernetz met with reporters to talk about the accusations of “racial disparities” within the program, former Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley is sharing his experience.
In a Facebook post shared by Robert T. Green, CEO of Pre-PostGame on Monday morning, Wadley discussed his negative experiences with the program. The former running back said, at times, his times at Iowa felt like a “nightmare,” accusing both Kirk and Brian Ferentz of unfair treatment during his career.
Wadley’s detailed comments come a month after former players first started speaking out about racial disparities and unfair treatment within the program. Most of the stories addressed involved longtime strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who is no longer with Iowa football.
Below is the post shared from Green’s Facebook page, which is attributed to Wadley:
#SportsIsNotAGame #SportsIsAllBusinessWhy we wouldn't send your #AfricanAmerican sons to play for #Iowa #Football for…
In the post, Wadley alleges that Kirk Ferentz had his meal card cut off, forcing him to call his mother to order pizza or eat with a fan. He also says he received unfair punishments for which he rarely received an explanation.
Wadley also spoke out on one of the experiences earlier this month. In a post on Twitter, Wadley remembered Brian Ferentz asking if he was going to “rob a liquor store or bank” after putting on Nike face mask during a cold fall practice.
I got so many stories I can talk about and experiences I had and other teammates but this was one of them. pic.twitter.com/CfK3Ss1TcM
— Akrum Wadley (@akrum_wadley) June 6, 2020
During a press conference earlier this month, Kirk Ferentz took responsibility for the issues that occurred within the program.
“It’s my job to do a better job moving forward,” Kirk Ferentz said. “The focus is on what we can do better to make it a better experience for our players.”
Three players — Ivory Kelly-Martin, Kaevon Merriweather and Keith Duncan — also spoke during the press conference. The goal at Iowa is to develop a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all players.
Wadley was a member of the Iowa football program from 2013-17. He rushed for 2,872 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career, adding 761 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches to his career totals with the Hawkeyes.