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Former Arizona Cardinals player, Wisconsin star accused of sexual assault

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 19:04:26-04

DULUTH, Minn. — A former NFL player and University of Wisconsin football star is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl.

Forty-four-year-old Thomas Burke is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County, Minnesota.

According to a criminal complaint, the 7-year-old child told her mother in February that Burke had assaulted her on numerous occasions.

Burke lives in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and waived extradition to Minnesota following his arrest.

He has denied the accusations.

Burke was a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals from 1999 to 2002 after starting at Wisconsin.