Bob's your uncle

By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007

More Hawkeye fun
Not long ago, the continuing troubles of Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa Hawkeyes were detailed at length in this space, with much attention given to the ingenious exploits of Hawkeye wideout Dominique Douglas, who recently stole $30.02 worth of DVDs from a Wal-Mart shortly after being arrested for online theft. The Douglas bust (which culminated in a weirdly dramatic standoff at the wide receiver’s dorm room, inside which Douglas barricaded himself to prevent the cops from making their fifth-degree misdemeanor arrest) turned out to be the 15th player-related arrest to trouble the Hawkeyes since spring practices, a very high clip for a traditionally quiet program.

Now Iowa has problems again — sort of. Former Hawkeyes offensive lineman Lee Gray was busted this past weekend on fairly serious drug-trafficking charges. Turns out the 320-pound Gray (who last played for Iowa in ’05) has been a target of undercover narcs for more than a month; the arrest affidavit claimed that they made three coke purchases from Gray at his apartment since mid October. When they served a search warrant at his place, cops also discovered ecstasy. Now Gray is facing six class-C felonies, five for coke and one for X. Look for Coach Ferentz, who has taken a beating in the Iowa press this year, to somehow be blamed even for this in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, give Gray 35 points.

Sports crime this week was otherwise slow, unless you want to count Missouri State hoopster David Cline’s bust for the theft of nearly $15,000 of photo equipment. There is a late-breaking story about six minor-league hockey players (the Jacksonville Barracudas, down in Florida) getting popped for beating up a chick, but the details on that case are hazy as yet; more next week.

When he’s not googling “rude Britannia” and “Hawkeyes pierced,” Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone. He can be reached at

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