The rumors have been confirmed and it isn't good (it never is). According to the ICPC, Iowa WR's Dominique Douglas and Anthony Bowman were arrested Sunday Morning for unauthorized use of credit cards. That's a felony, lawya. They've been charged with using those credit cards to make $2,016.76 in purchases at area businesses. The credit cards belonged to two separate victims. Although their "plan" didn't show a lot of cunning, at least they went all out and robbed two separate people. Way to get yours, guys.
I'm not going to call them kids and apologize for them. This isn't that kind of story. If everything I've read is true and they did this, I don't want them wearing an Iowa jersey anytime soon. This isn't getting drunk and relieving yourself in an alley (which I've done on occasion). This isn't having a few pops and getting into a scrap. This is theft and that's got nothing to do with piss, vinegar, or bourbon. It's got to do with being a thief, and a bad one at that. These two wiseguys stole credit cards, went to an Athletic Department computer (which I can assume required them to sign in with their own ID), and ordered hats. Yes, hats. I could see using them to order jet skis and rims for the whip but they went to Hatworld and Sneakerhead. The youth of America worries me. The whole thing is embarrassing, ignorant, and shameful.
How does this affect the team? Douglas was the top Freshman WR in the nation last year and was expected to start. Bowman played special teams and was expected to get some offensive snaps this year. We have Andy Brodell and Trey Stross, among others, to throw to, but we don't have anyone that can replace DD. As much as this whole thing makes me sick, how'd you like to be Jake Christensen this morning?
Sadly, this won't be the last you'll hear about this. We'll keep you posted as things develop.