Iowa Hawkeyes: Jewel Hampton and Jordan Bernstine Arrested on Alcohol Charges

B.Senior Analyst IJune 5, 2010

Just three days after the highly-debated 21-only ordinance went into effect in Iowa City, the police department was out in full force.

Two Iowa Hawkeye football players found that out the hard way.

Running back Jewel Hampton and defensive back Jordan Bernstine were arrested for multiple alcohol-related offenses, according to the Iowa City Arrest Blotter . The two were arrested at Vito's in Iowa City around 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2010. 

Details of the incident are still emerging.

Hampton was charged with Public Intoxication and Presence on premise (licensed liquor establishment) after hours.  Hampton is under the legal drinking age in Iowa and his blood alcohol content was .091.

He was involved in physical altercations inside the bar, the police report states. 

Bernstine, whose real last name is Morris and who recently turned 21, was arrested for Public Intoxication.

Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter Marc Morehouse was told by Lt. Bill Campell that Bernstine "hampered" with the Hampton arrest.

Another man, Nicholas Reed of North Liberty, was also arrested at the same time.  It is unknown if he was involved in the incident.

One of the arresting officers in the case appears to be somewhat new to the Iowa City police force. 

Both Hampton and Bernstine were set to return to action this year after having to sit out the entire 2009 season due to injury.

Bernstine severely broke his ankle in practice prior to the start of the '09 season. He was looking to compete for the starting cornerback position in the upcoming season.

Hampton tore an ACL during summer workouts last year, and took a medical redshirt.  He was fighting for the starting job at running back in 2010.

This is the third alcohol-related incident for an Iowa football player this offseason.  Wide receiver Don Nordmann was cited for disorderly house a few weeks earlier after Iowa City Police responded to a caller complaining of wall-rattling music. Nordmann was originally a walk-on for Iowa in 2006 but has seen limited playing time for the Hawkeyes since joining the team.

A disorderly house is an all-inclusive term that may be used to describe anything from a loud annoyance to the general public to house of prostitution and illegal gambling.

The recent alcohol-related incidents will likely lead to team punishment of some sort, but there has been no official report released yet by the university.