The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released a statement regarding the sports betting scandal involving Iowa State and Iowa athletes. The DPS, which oversees a number of law enforcement activities including gambling, confirmed that it usually does not discuss such topics publicly, but felt compelled to address the issue.
The agency stated that the evidence against the athletes was obtained “in a constitutionally permissible manner” and pointed out that the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) had conducted the probe into the athletes’ gambling activities. The investigation alleged that a dozen athletes were involved in various gambling activities, some of which were illegal, leading to criminal charges, suspensions, and fines.
The DPS also highlighted the rapid growth of the sports betting sector in Iowa since its legalization, with $2.4 billion in bets placed in 2023. The agency acknowledged the emergence of new technologies to regulate the industry and enforce the law. It pointed to state laws requiring sports betting operators to enforce location detection to monitor the whereabouts of players placing bets, as well as a prohibition on individuals involved in authorized sporting events from placing wagers.
This statement comes after attorneys for Iowa State players filed a motion claiming the DCI engaged in a warrantless investigation. The attorneys alleged that the investigation into the athletes’ betting activities was launched without reasonable cause. They claimed that DCI agents acted without receiving any tips or complaints regarding sports wagering activities.
However, the DPS’s statement contradicts these claims, asserting that the evidence was obtained in a constitutionally permissible manner and that consultation regarding the investigation had taken place with two county attorney offices prior to pressing charges.
Overall, the statement from the Iowa DPS seeks to address the controversy surrounding the sports betting scandal involving Iowa athletes and affirm the agency’s commitment to upholding the law in the rapidly evolving gambling industry.