ABC: Expelled Academy football player lands on NCAA team


Former Air Force Academy cadet and linebacker Jamil Cooks — who was convicted of abusive sexual contact in a court martial and kicked out of the military in April 2013 — has resurfaced on a civilian university’s football team, according to an ABC News report.

Cooks is now enrolled at Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and plays on the school’s Division I football team, ABC reported Tuesday. ABC said Cooks is appealing his conviction, which requires him to register as a sex offender.

The court-martial panel acquitted Cooks of forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual assault.

Cooks’ continued presence on a college football team, after his conviction, is proving controversial. ABC quotes critics such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and current Air Force Academy Superintendent Michelle Johnson, who called the fact that he is still playing football “disappointing.”


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