Gun charges dismissed against South Carolina safety

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina safety Emanuel Cook had a
felony gun charge dismissed at a preliminary hearing Friday.
Cook, 19, of Riviera Beach, Fla., had been arrested last month
and charged with unlawful possession of a pistol. The felony charge
carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $2,000 fine.
At Friday's hearing, Richland County Magistrate Judge Nikki Hall
ruled there was not enough probable cause for the case against Cook
to go to a grand jury, said Lowell Bernstein, Cook's attorney.
Cook was glad to have the situation behind him, Bernstein said.
Cook was arrested by University of South Carolina police along
with James Gore III on Aug. 23 at a parking lot near campus
dormitories, a police report said.
Coach Steve Spurrier said Cook told him the gun was not his
Cook was immediately suspended from the university and from the
football team. However, he was reinstated to both shortly before
South Carolina's first game on Sept. 1.
The same weekend as the arrest, Cook also underwent an
appendectomy that kept him from the field.
Cook returned to action Sept. 8 against Georgia. The sophomore
made his first start of the season the following week against South
Carolina State.
Cook is tied for fourth on the team this season with 21 tackles.
He's tied for the South Carolina lead with three passes broken up.
During his freshman year, Cook started five of 10 games he and
finished tied for third on the team with 47 tackles.

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