South Carolina suspends veteran defensive back following recent arrest
South Carolina’s defensive back depth took a hit this weekend when the Gamecocks suspended a veteran following Jamel Cook’s arrest on Friday night.
Cook was suspended from the program for a violation of team rules, TheBigSpur reported.
Cook was reportedly arrested for second degree domestic violence charges, according to Richland County online records. He is currently out of jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond with a court order not to return to the incident location or contact the victim.
A school spokesperson confirmed that Cook is suspended from the program.
Cook is in his second year with the South Carolina program after he sat out the 2018 season following a transfer from Southern Cal. He’s played in one game this season and had one tackle against Charleston Southern.
Cook has played both cornerback and safety, but has not made the two-deep at any point this season on defense.
Cook is a cousin of former Florida State star Dalvin Cook. The Miami native redshirted at Southern Cal after he suffered an offseason foot injury.