Former UGA basketball player Cole in Chicago jail

CHICAGO (AP) - Former University of Georgia basketball player
Tony Cole is in the middle of another scandal that has led to the
dismissal of a county official in Illinois, six years after his
accusations of improper benefits led to the exit of two UGA
coaches.

Cole was recently fired as a human resources assistant with Cook
County in Chicago.

Cole's former boss, the county's chief financial officer Donna Dunnings, was asked to resign last week after it was disclosed she had twice bailed Cole out of a Chicago jail following his recent arrests for violating a protection order involving an
ex-girlfriend that he had pleaded guilty to punching in the face in
2008.

Dunnings' cousin is Cook County President Todd Stroger, who
hired Cole as a county patronage worker.

Cole was later promoted to a $61,189-a-year human resources assistant in the County Highway Department.

Stroger has said he ordered Cole's firing after learning Cole
did not include past criminal convictions on his job application.

Cole revealed he'd received grades for classes he never took and
money from former Georgia coach Jim Harrick and his son, Jim
Harrick Jr.

Harrick resigned and Harrick Jr. was fired in 2003 as NCAA sanctions were placed on the basketball program.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cole faces new charges that included violating his bond, obstructing a police officer,
resisting police and battery.

Last week, his bond was increased to $200,000 and he was sent back to the Cook County Jail.


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