Dalvin Cook and his ex-girlfriend accuse each other of assault

Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) with the ball in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings star Dalvin Cook has been accused of assault, battery, and false imprisonment by his ex-girlfriend Gracelyn Trimble. Cook and his team have denied the claims. He has filed his own lawsuit stating that he was the victim. The accusations on both sides come from an altercation the two had in November 2020.

Cook’s attorney has put out a statement on behalf of the running back. He said Trimble broke into his house and assaulted him and his two guests.

According to Trimble, Dalvin Cook struck her multiple times leading to the battery charge. The assault charge stems from Cook allegedly trying to cause offensive contact. Also, Trimble says Cook threatened to kill her, pointing a gun to her head. Finally, Trimble alleges Cook trapped her when he came to pick her up and wouldn’t let her leave, causing the charge of false imprisonment.

Trimble has also shared messages between the two.

“I know what I did can’t be rewind but I just want you to know I’m sorry. I love you so much despite you thinking I don’t or never did but I do! Whatever you need I’m here for you! And if you wanna go to the police I’ll respect that. I’ll take my punishment for what I did!”

Dalvin Cook

“Dalvin my face is so messed up I probably won’t even get to go see my family for Thanksgiving.”

Gracelyn Trimble

“And I’m sorry for that! But the situation just got out of hand from the jump. Can you come back to me?”

Dalvin Cook

The Vikings have also put out a statement of their own regarding the matter.

We recently received notification from Dalvin Cook’s legal representation regarding a situation that occurred between Dalvin and a female acquaintance in November 2020 and led to an ongoing dispute between the parties. Upon learning this, we immediately notified the NFL. We are in the process of gathering more information and will withhold further comment at this time.

Minnesota Vikings

Will Cook be eligible to play going forward?

Though these are severe allegations, Cook may still be eligible to play for the Vikings, based on the league’s past. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has over 20 civil cases related to sexual assault/misconduct and is eligible to play. However, the Texans have decided for him not to play.

The NFL has yet to put out a real statement regarding these lawsuits. The league will most likely try to gain more details before making a statement as there are charges on both sides.

Cook, drafted in 2017, is a two-time Pro Bowler. He’d be a massive loss to the Vikings if he is placed on the commissioner exempt list amid these allegations.

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