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South Carolina football player dismissed after arrest on domestic violence charge

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp announced safety Jamel Cook was dismissed from the team after an arrest Friday night on a domestic violence charge.

“I really don’t have any other comment,” Muschamp said.

After being arrested by the Columbia Police Department, he was booked at 1:36 a.m. Saturday and released at 12:53 p.m., records show.

According to a police incident report: “Cook is accused of physically assaulting a female several times about the body during an argument while at the 700 block of Gadsden Street.”

It happened around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

Cook is out of jail on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond with the condition he not return to the location of the incident or have contact with the victim, according to online arrest records.

Cook joined the Gamecocks as a transfer from Southern Cal and sat out last season.

He was a cornerback last season, but moved to safety in the offseason. He made one tackle in garbage time against Charleston Southern but otherwise played sparingly.

Out of high school, the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder was a four-star prospect, the No. 99 player in his class and No. 2 athlete.

South Carolina football has not had many issues with domestic violence arrests or had many players face any criminal charges. The last incident involved Javon Charleston in June of 2018. After completing a “Pre-Trial Intervention” program Charleston rejoined the team before exhausting his eligibility at USC.

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