TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the second time in a week a Florida State football player has been punished for allegedly hitting a woman.
FSU running back Dalvin Cook was suspended indefinitely after a warrant was issued for battery.
The 19-year-old teenager is accused of hitting a woman in the face outside a Tallahassee bar.
State attorney Willie Meggs spoke about his decision to charge Cook after speaking with the alleged victim and witnesses Friday.
“Based on that interview with them today, we felt we could, in fact, prosecute for battery,” Meggs said.
Action News went through the affidavit from the Tallahassee Police Department. It lists a 21-year-old woman as the victim. It says she suffered cuts and bruises and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Still, Meggs says her testimony and that of two other witnesses was solid.
“They were very credible witnesses. They were very confident in their answers based on that interview,” Meggs said.
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Court documents say the incident happened outside a crowded bar called Clyde’s and Costello’s on June 23.
Records say the victim was originally approached by an unidentified man who tried to take her home and have sex.
The victim also said Cook originally tried to play peacemaker after she and that unidentified man started arguing.
The affidavit says five to seven FSU players were there, including Travis Rudolph and new recruit Deondre Francois.
The victim told police she shoved Rudolph, because he got too close to her.
That’s when the victim says Cook started arguing with her and hit her in the face until he was restrained by a group of people.
But then the report says, “(Cook) approached her again and, while being restrained, managed to strike her at least one additional time in the face.”
The victim told police she fell to one knee, and the group of football players walked away.
Action News reached out to FSU for comment and got a statement, saying the team suspended Cook indefinitely for the misdemeanor battery charges.
Meggs says there is no video evidence in Cook’s case.
Statement from FSU president John Thrasher:
"I am extremely disappointed to learn of this allegation against Dalvin Cook. I fully support the immediate and indefinite suspension of Cook from the football team while we look into this matter further and due process runs its course.
It is especially disheartening to learn of this case just days after Coach Fisher dismissed quarterback De’Andre Johnson from the team for his role in a physical altercation that occurred in an off-campus bar.
As I have previously said, I have no tolerance for the type of behavior alleged in these cases. We expect all of our students, especially our student-athletes who represent this university in the public spotlight, to adhere to the highest standards.
I have asked Coach Fisher and Athletics Director Stan Wilcox to develop a plan to help our student-athletes understand the consequences of these kinds of actions. This will include Coach Fisher meeting immediately with his team to reiterate, in no uncertain terms, our expectations of them. I also plan to meet with the team, and we will be asking professionals who deal with these matters, including State Attorney Willie Meggs, to speak with them.
The vast majority of our student-athletes are good students and positive role models who contribute to their university and their communities. It is unfortunate that the actions of a very few individuals are causing embarrassment to their teammates and this university.
Coach Fisher, Athletics Director Wilcox and I are committed to ensuring our student-athletes uphold this university’s values, and we will continue to work together toward that goal."
Statement from FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher:
"Recent events at Florida State University involving members of my football team have brought a lot of attention to the school and program. It is important to me that our fans and the public be aware that I do not tolerate the type of behavior that was captured on video and that was most recently alleged. We spend a good deal of time educating our student-athletes about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as representatives of Florida State. The majority of our players are exemplary, but clearly we must place an even stronger emphasis on this, and I personally promise we will.
I remain committed to educating our young men and holding them accountable for their actions.
Florida State is a great university. Our fans and supporters deserve better than to hear of actions that are not consistent with the school’s proud history and national stature.
We will do better. I will not tolerate anything less."