Florida State University head football coach Jimbo Fisher issued a statement on suspended running back Dalvin Cook earlier this evening. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach posted the statement on Twitter.
Fisher’s statement could not come at a better time, as Cook is the second Seminole this summer to be charged with misdemeanor battery. The first one was former quarterback De’Andre Johnson, who was dismissed from the program earlier this week after a video of him punching a woman in the face at a local Tallahassee night club became public. Oddly enough, Cook’s alleged incident occurred just one night before Johnson’s.
As was reported by Schlabach earlier today, Cook allegedly punched a woman multiple times outside a local Tallahassee bar and has since been charged with misdemeanor battery by State’s Attorney Willie Meggs, who also presided over the sexual assault case of former quarterback and Heisman winner Jameis Winston, who was ultimately not charged.
The fact that Fisher is being so emphatic in his statement is a positive sign for the program, as it is obvious that Fisher is one who prides himself on having control of his team in every way, shape and form and that these recent transgressions are both disappointing and embarrassing not just for him, but for the university and the football program.
Hopefully, Cook’s impending arrest and indefinite suspension are the last bit of negative publicity that FSU will have to deal with.
Florida State has gone 58-11 in five seasons under Fisher, winning three ACC titles and the national championship in 2013. The team opens 2015 at home against Texas State on September 5.
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