Cook found Not Guilty, Reinstated to Football Team

| August 26, 2015

Florida State Football

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has been found not guilty on misdemeanor battery charges.

Cook was accused of punching a woman in the face outside of Clyde and Costello’s bar in downtown Tallahassee.

“The truth came out and it did. I was represented by the best attorney’s in the world. You know the truth finally came out and I’m just thankful,” said Cook.

During the one day trial attorney Ricky Patel told jurors Cook played the role of peacekeeper that night. Patel says that despite the victim’s busted lip, her story didn’t add up.

“From the beginning we said one thing. We weren’t going to take any pleas and the reason for that was when we spoke with him if you know Dalvin anyone would know this is completely out of character. It doesn’t make sense,” said Patel.

The FSU Athletics Department released the following statement after the verdict was reached:

“In light of today’s ruling in his misdemeanor battery case, FSU football player Dalvin Cook’s indefinite suspension from the team has been lifted, and he will be eligible to practice and to compete representing the University effective immediately.”

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