Florida State’s Dalvin Cook has a history of violence and abuse, reports Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated.
The running back was arrested and charged with battery after punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June. The incident, while egregious on its own, comes after a series of unrelated charges for violence.
Cook’s mistreatment extends not just to women, but to puppies as well. In late July 2014, Cook was fined for improperly sheltering and caring for three pit bulls. The dog were chained together in a manner that impeded their ability to move and even choked the dogs. The young pups — between two and eight months old — were rescued by Tallahassee police officers.
Cook was forced to pay two separate $275 fines for failing to provide shelter and improper use of a leash. The malcontent behavior does not end there. A separate report indicates he was charged for a BB gun scrap that left several cars damaged in June of 2014.
Florida State president John Thrasher responded with harsh, condemning words. “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.”
Seminole coach Jimbo Fisher reacted to recent violence involving two of his players by banning his team from entering bars.