The attorney representing a dozen former Iowa soccer players who settled their racial discrimination lawsuit with the university’s athletic department for more than $4 million — half of it from taxpayers’ money — said Tuesday that Black Hawkeyes players continue to be the will be at risk of harassment while Kirk Ferentz is in charge.”

Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said in a press release that his clients have been confirmed and that he is pleased that the state appeals panel approved the $4.175 million settlement.

The board voted 2-1 on Monday to contribute $2 million in taxpayers’ money. Board member and state examiner Rob Sand opposed the proposal, saying the university’s athletic department had the funds to cover the settlement.

“The broadcast deal will bring in tens of millions of dollars every year going forward,” Sand said. “I don’t know why they can’t cover for their own mistakes and pay for their own mistakes instead of letting taxpayers do it.”

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