Jameel Cook — a former Super Bowl champ with the Bucs — was just convicted of stealing over $100k from an NFL player trust fund … and prosecutors raked him over the coals afterward!!!
“He stole from the very fund his fellow former players depend on for help,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said … “And he has now fallen from professional football glory to the ranks of felons.”
As we previously reported … the ex-Tampa Bay FB was busted back in September after officials say he stole money from the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Plan — a fund set up to benefit ex-players.
Cook’s scheme — according to prosecutors — involved him filing 30 bogus claims between March 2016 and September 2017 … resulting in the 40-year-old illegally obtaining $105,000.
Prosecutors hit Jameel with a felony stealing charge — and he faced up to 10 YEARS behind bars for the crime.
But, Cook cut a deal this week … and in exchange for a guilty plea — he will NOT have to go to prison.
Instead, Jameel got 10 years of probation … and he was ordered to pay back the $105,000. He was also sentenced to 160 hours of community service and was hit with another $1,200 fine.
Oh, and in addition to getting ripped by Ogg … Special Assistant District Attorney Jason Horn also threw some major shade on the ex-NFL player!!!
“He earned fame and great accolades in a career most could only dream of, and should have been role model,” Horn said …
“Instead, he let down everyone around him by defrauding a plan set up for all players and taking money that wasn’t his.”
Cook was drafted by the Bucs in 2001 and played 8 seasons in the NFL. He was part of the Bucs 2002 Super Bowl team that defeated the Raiders, though he played behind Mike Alstott in that game.