Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has broken his silence over allegations of domestic abuse after multiple reports came out late Wednesday night. His former girlfriend filed a law suit against the 26-year-old and accused the running back of battery, false imprisonment and assault.
The following day, Cook spoke to Courtney Cronin of ESPN about the allegations surrounding him, saying that he wanted people to know he was the victim, not his former girlfriend.
“I just want everybody to know I'm the victim in this situation and the truth and the details about the situation will come out at a further time,” Cook said Wednesday.
Gracelyn Trimble files lawsuit against Cook
The alleged altercation took place over a year ago in November 2020. While the incident was still fresh, no charges were filed and police were not called.
David Valentini, Cook's attorney, said that the running back's former girlfriend (Trimble) broke into Cook's house and then tried to extort the 26-year-old for millions of dollars.
In the lawsuit leveled against Cook, Trimble alleges that she traveled to Cook's house in November 2020 to split up with Cook and to collect some of her possessions. She used a remote she had to operate the garage door so she could enter the house.
Trimble accuses Cook of leaving her with a scar on her face and "taking me through hell" while giving her a concussion, per ESPN. In her lawsuit, Trimble alleges that she had to use mace on Cook before making her way to his bedroom to grab a firearm and then call a friend. According to Trimble, this provoked Cook to attack her with a broomstick.
Speaking to the media about the impending lawsuit, Cook did not answer any questions related to the matter but had this to say:
"Like I said, I don't want to go into further details about it. I know that the facts of the situation will come out and clear everything up that y'all are trying to get answers to."
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Cook went on to say that he expects to take his place in the Vikings' lineup on Sunday when they take on Justin Herbert and the LA Chargers.