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Posted on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 5 p.m.

Former Michigan cornerback Boubacar Cissoko arrested in Ypsilanti

By Staff

Former University of Michigan cornerback Boubacar Cissoko was arrested in Ypsilanti on Friday night after he consented to a search and police found marijuana.

Cissoko was taken to the Ypsilanti Police Department, “where he confessed intent to sell the marijuana,” according to the incident log. Cissoko, who has yet to be charged, was released.

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Boubacar Cissoko

Cissoko was dismissed from the Michigan football team in October for violating team rules. He started the first four games of the season, missed two games because of a suspension, then returned in limited action against Penn State before being kicked off the team for good.

Last month, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez left open a slight possibility that Cissoko could rejoin the team.

That door appeared to close before the latest incident. A Grand Valley State official confirmed Monday that Cissoko planned to transfer there at the beginning of this semester, but never enrolled.

Regardless, Cissoko’s high school coach, Thomas Wilcher, said Cissoko has played his last down of football for Michigan.

“That door’s slammed shut and bolted on both sides,” Wilcher said.

In 2008, Cissoko was cited for an alcohol violation in the early-morning hours after Michigan’s 35-21 loss to Michigan State. When he failed to pay a $250 fine, a warrant was issued for his arrest.



Fri, Jan 29, 2010 : 5:23 a.m.

If this "Boob" practiced football as much and as hard as he practices being a felon UM might have something going for them but I guess being an RR Michigan man doesn't count.


Fri, Jan 22, 2010 : 3:35 p.m.

Cissoko's rights are important. His current situation may have been avoided, had the football program, athletic dept, university provided him with substance abuse treatment at the first sign(s). Just as they would/should with any medical issue. He's responsible for his actions. The UM is responsible for the care and well being of its students. He's really, still just a kid. How do we want our own kids treated?


Fri, Jan 22, 2010 : 2:18 p.m.

"loka if you are saying that its in the bill of rights for him to posses weed you are sadly mistaken. whether it was his to smoke or his to sell it doesn't matter. maybe if he put down his bong for a second and went to class he would learn some basic civics and know what his rights are as a civilian." What are you talking about? Are you joking? You know the BoR lays out rights for search & seizure right? Thta's the "basic civics" I'm talking about.

David Ingmire

Fri, Jan 22, 2010 : 10:35 a.m.

Since a lot of people here make assumptions and tend to act delusional in forums, let me "clear" the air. The door was "open" per se back in October. That door shut in November for Cissoko to return. This story above is more on what recently happenned and has nothing to do with "now" the door is closed. As for the recruiters doing "due dilligence", Cissoko was a Lloyd Carr recruit. Just sayin'.


Fri, Jan 22, 2010 : 7:21 a.m.

maybe he was headed to east lansing, go green im just sayin


Fri, Jan 22, 2010 : 1:23 a.m.

loka if you are saying that its in the bill of rights for him to posses weed you are sadly mistaken. whether it was his to smoke or his to sell it doesn't matter. maybe if he put down his bong for a second and went to class he would learn some basic civics and know what his rights are as a civilian.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 4:42 p.m.

Previous comments are correct, EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 3:29 p.m.

Declining the opportunity to search is actually covered by the 4th Amendment. Anyone who doesn't Lawyer up after being read their Miranda Rights has just gotten off of a level playing field. Police are trained for hours on end to grill suspects.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 12:44 p.m.

This is the second drug dealer on the football team (Justin Feagin). Do the recruiters and assistant coaches understand the term due diligence? To those that scoff at declining to allow searches, the right to avoid self-incrimination is also known as the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 12:40 p.m.

never ever tell them!!!! if you have to say something say "its mine for my own use" intent to sell is a much worse crime!! that usually caries a jail sentence, while a Possessing charge is probation- rehab at the worst. be informed!!


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 11:22 a.m.

"The bottom line is, whatever loophole you want to use, this guy does not belong on Michigan's football team." That's your point. My point had more to do with the police shaking down a young black man who may or may not know his rights.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 10:10 a.m.

This kid was a 5 star recruit with an extremely bright future, what a shame. I hope he learns from he mistakes and someone shows him the way. Maybe just maybe he can turn his life around.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 8:19 a.m.

Rape, drug possesion with the intent to sell. These are just the guys that got caught. If UM would have played a bowl game, they would have had to take mandatory drug testing. Now I see why they lost 5 games in a row to close out the season. This team and RR got some serious issues.


Thu, Jan 21, 2010 : 12:49 a.m.

Come on now... go easy on tater tot. He sips on the straw 24/7 that leads to his lifetime supply of Kooooooooool Aid.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 11:48 p.m.

Tater do you think before you type.... I believe there are a few players on the football team that have had a little run in with the law


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 11:43 p.m.

Wake up TATER no matter what you believe we are not perfect.... Rich had the door open for him to return


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 11:23 p.m.

Yeah RR "kicked" him off the team alright.Why would he leave the door slightly open for his return then? It shouldn't take for this episode to happen(or any other episode after the first incident)before RR decides to SLAM the door shut!! He wasn't a big help on the field so we are not losing a star player.The door should of been shut a long time ago!Poor judge of character.Its easy to slam doors shut AFTER someone does wrong,that's all I'm saying!RR should of been on top of it sooner(like the MSU coaches should of been on top of the players in their program also).


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 10:41 p.m.

And if you don't want to use the loop-holes and lawyers in the law then why are the loop-holes IN the law?Because the system is a big game!!They don't care WHAT you do as long as you got the knowledge AND MONEY (don't forget the money)to fight and lawyer smart enough to know the law(and your rights) to get you off!! His playing days have been over at UM.Now he's just headed down the wrong path!A shame!


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 9:16 p.m.

The bottom line is, whatever loophole you want to use, this guy does not belong on Michigan's football team. He had an opportunity to be given a second chance and blew it with pure stupidity. Bye bye.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 8:59 p.m.

Why was this guy arrested and the yahoo with pounds of the stuff let go last month???? WTH


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 8:33 p.m.

Depends how much you need to "own up to." Maybe it was a large amount becasue he said he was instending to sell it. If it's only like an Oz in Ann Arbor it would have been a $50 civilk infraction right? One man's rants about "loop holes" in the laws are another man's Bill of Rights. But yeah, forget all those freedoms and everything right? Sad.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 7:41 p.m.

leathercouch and bluemax your values represent us. Send Cissoko and the other comments (and any coaches with less than full integrity) to EL


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 7:15 p.m.

OR how about never sell ILLEGAL drugs? amazing peoples answers are how to AVOID getting caught doing something illegal.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 7:03 p.m. a man and own up to your actions. coddling and finding loop holes for these bums only crippls them further on in life because they dont know how to be held accountable. look at what he has learned from his mistakes....NOTHING!!! the obsession with law is pathetic in our country. EVERYTHING is about how you can lawyer up and find loop holes and its disgusting.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 6:21 p.m.

Oh yeah, loka is right. Whether your guilty or not, it is a violation of the law if they do search you without consent.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 5:56 p.m.

Never let the police search anything you own. Never confess to anything at a police station without a lawyer present.