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Attorney for 8 Black former Iowa football players: Demands are not a 'money grab'

Updated: May 18



A civil-rights attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players released an 800-word statement Monday night, saying his clients were more determined than ever to stand strong in light of the University of Iowa rejecting their demands for $20 million and the firings of head coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz and athletics director Gary Barta.


A 21-page letter sent to the UI on Oct. 5 and obtained by the Des Moines Register was published Sunday. The letter, which came from Tulsa attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, outlined years of intentional racial discrimination within Iowa football and a path for his clients to follow through with a lawsuit if the UI’s response didn’t meet their satisfaction.


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