Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has been suspended indefinitely from the school’s football team after the state attorney’s office in Tallahassee announced it will issue a warrant for his arrest on Friday afternoon. He has not yet been arrested.
Cook, a 19-year-old sophomore, is accused of punching a 21-year old woman in the face several times during an argument outside of a bar last month. ESPN reportedly spoke with Florida state attorney Willie Meggs who told the network that he had met with a woman, who is not a Florida state student and a female witness on Friday. The woman, allegedly, presented Meggs with photos of her injuries.
Asher Wildman, a the sports director at WCTV CBS in Tallahassee, added that, according to the affidavit, the only evidence is the photos taken of the woman’s injuries as well as:
Meggs said Cook will be charged with misdemeanor battery.
Cook’s alleged attack is the latest incident in a growing number of accusations against FSU football players. After a string of accusations against former quarterback Jameis Winston over the past two years, this most recent alleged incident occurred the night before former Seminoles recruit De’Andre Johnson punched another woman at a different bar near the FSU campus.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed Johnson from the team earlier this week after the state attorney’s office released surveillance video that showed the quarterback punching a 21-year-old woman in the face. But while Johnson was not a particularly dominant player for the Seminoles, yet to play in his first college football game, Cook would be a serious loss to the FSU Roster. He was the team’s leading rusher last season with 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns.
This also isn’t Cook’s first run-in with the law while at FSU. On June 26, 2014 he and two other players were questioned in connection with a BB-gun battle that damaged cars and homes at an apartment complex in Tallahassee. Cook was charged with criminal mischief and given pretrial intervention. Last July Cook was also named as an “associate” in an aggravated assault case that occurred at his apartment.