Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook has been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a woman in the face outside a local Tallahassee bar, but his lawyer claims that the charges shouldn’t even be there to begin with.
Speaking to Joe Schad of ESPN, Cook’s lawyer, Ricky Patel claimed that the charges against his client were completely false and that Cook was not even president for the alleged incident.
“Dalvin Cook did not strike this woman,” said Patel, a Miami-based attorney. “Players were leaving the scene at the same time. But Dalvin walked away before it got out of hand. We are not interested in a plea. It’s just not right here. It must be dropped or he must be found not guilty. If necessary, we will file civil charges after these false allegations.
“This is not clean. There are conflicting statements. The woman and her dad — who was not there — identified Dalvin after being shown social-media pictures of Dalvin and some random people. It was an extremely unfair ‘lineup.’ The pressure is so high, the assumption is ‘he did it.’ There is no judge and jury here. It’s just not right.”
Patel then went on to claim that Cook was only charged because the accusations against him came on the heels of former FSU quarterback De’Andre Johnson being dismissed from the university after video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face at a local night club and that FSU wanted to make an example of him. Johnson had already been charged with misdemeanor battery, although the alleged incident involving Cook occurred the night before.
Cook has yet to be caught on video, but his lawyer’s words are meaningless, simply put out there to fish for what little sympathy there is for his client. This isn’t the first time Cook has been in trouble with the law, as he was cited by authorities last year for chaining three pit bull puppies together. Just over a year ago, he was charged with criminal mischief following an incident with a BB gun and was also named as an “associate” in an aggravated assault case.
Though he was the team’s leading rusher last season, with 1,008 rush yards and eight touchdowns, don’t expect to see Cook step on the field for FSU for a good long time, if not ever again.
Campus Sports will update Cook’s story as more information becomes public.
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