Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook has been suspended from the team indefinitely following his being charged with misdemeanor battery. The university made the announcement and offered no further comment, as was reported by ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
Cook is accused of punching a woman multiple times outside of a local Tallahassee bar last month. Up until today, State’s Attorney Willie Meggs was investigating the case before ultimately bringing charges this afternoon. The 21-year-old woman Cook is accused of assaulting, who is not an FSU student, presented photographic evidence of her injuries to Meggs.
The timing could not be worse for Florida State, whose football program is still slowly recovering from former quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston’s sexual assault case. Winston was not charged with anything, but it brought about quite a bit of negative PR for both the program and the university.
It also doesn’t help that just one day after Cook’s incident, former quarterback De’Andre Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery after punching a woman in the face at another local bar. Video evidence surfaced this week that confirmed Johnson’s guilt and he was dismissed from the football team after having been on indefinite suspension prior to the video becoming public.
Unfortunately, it could be that Cook, a rising sophomore, is headed down a similar path after running for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman.
Campus Sports will update Cook’s case as more details become public.
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