James Daniels Sheds Light on Racism within Iowa's Football Program

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James Daniels Sheds Light on Racism within Iowa’s Football Program

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On Friday, a number of former University of Iowa football players used social media to share previous experiences with racism during their playing days with the Hawkeyes.

Among them was Chicago Bears left guard James Daniels, arguably at the forefront of the discussion:

Shortly after that, teammates came out to share their own experiences:


Clearly, Daniels and other former Hawkeyes speaking up pushed Iowa’s head coach Kirk Ferentz to put out this statement through the football program’s Twitter account:


It’s a lot to digest, especially in a period of time when we’re already taking in a lot as a society. But it is important to have these conversations right now, while it’s all still fresh in our minds and at the top of the discussion.

And that an active Bears player is leading the way to make his alma mater better is encouraging. Because it’s clear in his messaging that the former Hawkeye isn’t out to bring down the program post-graduation. Instead, his goal is to shed light on problematic issues within the program so that it can be better for those who follow. It’s a noble cause, to be sure. One that comes with a ton of support from his fellow ex-Iowa student-athletes.

For more, I would encourage you to read Marc Morehouse’s story at The Gazette, as he covers Iowa football for the newspaper.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.