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Posted on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 6:52 p.m.

Former Wolverine Boubacar Cissoko charged with assaulting jail employees last month

By Lee Higgins

A former University of Michigan cornerback serving prison time for committing three thefts and an attempted robbery is accused of assaulting three Washtenaw County Jail employees while awaiting sentencing last month.

Boubacar Cissoko, 22, who was kicked off the team in October, was charged Friday with three counts of assault of a prison employee, Washtenaw County court records show.

Cissoko is accused of assaulting a sergeant and two officers at the county jail on Hogback Road in Pittsfield Township at 8:26 a.m. on July 31, records show.

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Boubacar Cissoko

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said the assault occurred in a housing unit, and the employees were evaluated by medical personnel but were not injured.

"It's quite frankly a rare occurrence at the jail and obviously we take it seriously," Clayton said.

Cissoko was sentenced Aug. 4 by Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Archie Brown to a minimum of 19 months and maximum of 15 years in prison after being convicted of assault with intent to rob while unarmed and three counts of larceny from a person.

He admitted to stealing money from two food deliverymen in Ann Arbor and grabbing money from a cab driver in Ypsilanti on March 13, records show.

Cissoko also admitted to pointing a pellet gun at a cab driver and attempting to rob him in Ann Arbor on April 18, records show

He is currently being housed at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, state Department of Corrections records show.

Cissoko, a 2007 graduate of Cass Technical HIgh School in Detroit, was dismissed from Michigan's team after violating unspecified team rules twice in 2009.

Court records don't indicate he has been arraigned on the latest charges.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on each felony count.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and e-mail at


Milton Shift

Fri, Oct 22, 2010 : 12:10 p.m.

Cindy Heflin: could you clarify? Are we not allowed to write %$#@ or was the removed post actually nasty?

Milton Shift

Fri, Oct 22, 2010 : 11:44 a.m.

Glad to hear some reasonable things being said about an offender. He screwed up bad but everyone can change. Unfortunately, jail is the last place this is going to happen. It's designed to make people as unhappy, desperate, and angry as anyone could ever imagine possible before being turned loose. It is the opposite of rehabilitation: institutionalized psychological torture. Let's all remember that most people locked up are like him. They did dumb %&#*, some took advantage of others, some have issues with anger management, but most of all they are PEOPLE.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 5:01 p.m.

Not one person on this site except maybe the teacher has any right to make a negative remark about this kid. The robberies in the beginning could be anyone's guess but this jail alleged attack is a differant horse. Picture yourself idolized almost worshipped in your school and home town. The pros are a possibility and the good life. Everyone including the principal and local cops treat you with respect heck you represent them, then the bottom falls out and your in jail for crimes against a cab driver you've done wrong but the nightmare is only beginning cause now your being not only disrespected but they are bullying you and maybe roughing you up cause they resent your past success and your current arrogance. Ya boys and girls I can see how the jail thing happened but robbing a lousy cab. Something somewhere short circuited for this kid I can only say I hope his family and teachers rally for this kid he's in serious trouble not only with the law but with himself. I'm a forgiving person, a man tried to kill me once and later we talked and I forgave him, I think we can give this kid the benefit of the doubt at least until we get All the facts.


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 12:08 p.m.

what happen to this kid? why would he want to do a life of crime instead of pursuing his u of m career in football? sad story


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 9:41 a.m.

Tater, I wonder if the same could be said about glenn winston and maurice clarett. but you like to bring their names up as criminals as scum of the earth. I am hoping cissoko will wise up and see that he has plenty of life yet to live and that he will get whatever mental or physical help that he needs


Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 8:40 a.m.

Assault and three larceny from a person; admitted to "pointing a pellet gun at the driver of a cab." I would assume that meant he had it pointed at his head? My sympathy to the hard working cab driver and the other victims. Locked up and continues to assault Sheriff Deputies: I can only hope that if convicted of these three additional charges MDOC finds a nice comfy cell somewhere way up North like Baraga. He was a menace to society and continues this behavior. This is a perfect example of why criminals should be locked behind bars.

Sean T.

Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 12:29 a.m.

The Criminal Justice System is for warehousing not rehabilitation. There is no money in curing anyone because you can't make money off of the healthy. I hope that he has someone that can get through to him and provide him with the needed help available. This isn't about football anymore, it's about being human. Turn it around Boubacar Cissoko.


Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 8:08 p.m.

I guess Boubacar didnt like it inside the "Hogback Hilton". I guess someone should have told him he was supposed to fight the inmates in the mess hall, Not the guards and Nurses.


Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 7:54 p.m.

Maybe we can get him back


Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 7:47 p.m.

I taught Boo-Boo for 10, 11, and 12 grade English at Cass Tech. Believe me folks I am not making excuses for him, not only is he intelligent but, this is not his character. We still love you at Cass and always will. We are all praying for you and will continue to try and be here for you. This is like a nightmare. I am still trying to figure this out.

3 And Out

Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 7:43 p.m.

sounds like he needs some anger management counciling...its too bad because he is still young enough to pull it together and play football again at least to get him through college once he gets out...but now he may have messed that up too. If he would have only covered WRs like he does prison workers...oh well

Craig Lounsbury

Tue, Aug 24, 2010 : 6:09 p.m.

seems like the lad is heading in the wrong direction with no apparent plan to turn around.