Florida State suspends second football player charged with battery

Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:14am EDT
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By Bill Cotterell

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (Reuters) - Florida State University suspended a star running back from its football team on Friday when he was charged with punching a woman outside a night spot near the state capitol — the second such case in about two weeks for the squad.

Dalvin Cook, 19, was charged with misdemeanor battery in the June 23 incident in front of Clyde's and Costello's, a popular downtown bar that had closed at about 2 a.m.

The woman, who identified Cook from a police photo lineup, said another man asked her to go home with him and when she refused, she became involved in an argument with Cook.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said on Friday he had interviewed the woman, who is not a student at the university, and another witness, and found her story credible.

He gave Cook the option of turning himself in, which he did late on Friday.

Cook denies hitting the woman, according to a police affidavit for his arrest warrant.

The woman told ESPN.com she was punched in the face several times, splitting her bottom lip.

The incident occurred the day before quarterback De'Andre Johnson was captured on video hitting a woman in the face at another bar and was subsequently charged with assault.   Continued...