Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook is currently under indefinite suspension from the team after being charged with misdemeanor battery last week and it was reported earlier today that he got into some trouble with animal control last year. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Cook’s future in football could be dead in the water if these allegations are true.
If (pause) all the allegations against Dalvin Cook are true, go ahead and wipe his name from future NFL consideration.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 13, 2015
Cook is currently accused of punching a woman multiple times outside a local Tallahassee bar. Last week, former FSU quarterback De’Andre Johnson was dismissed from the program after video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face at another bar the day after Cook’s alleged incident. Johnson had already pleaded not guilty to charges of misdemeanor battery and was on indefinite suspension.
However, though what Miller says may just sound like a theory, it could not be more true.
As was seen in the case of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the NFL has taken a hard stance on violence against women and will not tolerate it at all, so the odds of Cook being drafted could still be low even if he is cleared in the investigation and goes on to have a great season for Florida State.
But then there is the previous citation from Tallahassee Animal Services, in which it states that Cook had three pit bull puppies chained together, two of which were choking and could barely breathe. I think we all remember former Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick spending close to two years in prison for running an illegal dogfighting ring before returning to the NFL and making a Pro Bowl with Philadelphia.
Despite his success since his return to the game, Vick is still viewed in a negative light by animal rights activists.
Thus, with his charges of misdemeanor battery pending and the citation from Animal Services now public, Cook’s reputation is in a rough spot. Even if he does manage to bounce back from all of this, getting his name back in a positive place is going to be an uphill battle, potentially one with no end.
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