EAGAN, Minn .– Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook maintained his innocence during a five-minute press conference Wednesday in which he addressed a lawsuit brought against him by an ex-girlfriend who alleged he assaulted her. during an altercation at his home last year.
“I just want everyone to know that I am the victim in this situation and the truth and details about the situation will come out later,” Cook said.
The 26-year-old runner was charged by his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble, a sergeant in the United States Army, with assault, battery and unlawful detention, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Cook’s attorney, David Valentini, said in a statement Tuesday that his client was assaulted by Trimble after she broke into his home and later tried to extort millions of dollars from him. Trimble’s lawsuit alleges that she traveled to Minnesota in November 2020 to end her relationship with Cook and search for his belongings, having used a garage door opener that she had in her possession to enter the Inver Grove Heights home. , Minnesota, from the corridor.
The Trimble lawsuit accused Cook of giving him “a concussion, scarring his face and dragging me through hell.” According to the lawsuit, “Trimble said she used pepper spray on Cook before entering her room, grabbing her gun and calling a friend for help, leading the corridor to attack her back with a broomstick, she alleged.
No criminal charges were filed, and police were not contacted at the time of the altercation.
Cook deferred all questions about the details in the lawsuit to his attorney and his agent, Zac Hiller. Cook said “no” when asked if he had plans to cross-sue Trimble.
“Like I said, I don’t want to elaborate on more details,” Cook said. “I know that the facts of the situation will come to light and they have to clarify everything you are looking for and try to find answers.”
The running back practiced during the team’s recon on Wednesday and said he hopes to play Sunday when the Vikings (3-5) travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he didn’t know too much about the details of Cook’s lawsuit and said he hadn’t heard anything about the running back’s availability for Week 10.
“Honestly, I don’t know too much about the situation,” Zimmer said. “What they told me is that the NFL said this is a civil matter and that’s it. So I don’t know too much about it honestly.”
An NFL spokesperson told ESPN that the league will evaluate Cook’s situation under the personal conduct policy. Since the lawsuit is a civil charge, Cook will not be subject to being placed on the Commissioner’s exemption list.
Under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, a player would be placed on the Commissioner’s exemption list when he is “formally charged with: (1) a felony; or (2) a crime of violence, meaning he is charged with of having used physical force or a weapon to harm or threaten a person or animal, or of having been involved in a sexual assault as a result of force or against a person who was unable to consent, or of having been involved in another Conduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety or well-being of another. Formal charges may be in the form of an indictment by a grand jury, the filing of charges by a prosecutor, or the arraignment in criminal court. “.
Trimble’s attorney, Daniel Cragg, told ESPN that the complaint was filed Tuesday night, accepted for filing by the court administration and is on record.
Cook said Wednesday that he is no longer in contact with the accuser, whom he claims to have seen discontinuously from January to May 2021, months after the incident in question, according to the lawsuit.
“Just looking at my stuff on social media is not ideal for me,” Cook said. “I try to walk that straight line, but the bumps and bumps come throughout life and it’s how you handle it. I’ve been through a lot of difficult things in my life, and I hold my head up knowing the truth will come out. I hate be a distraction for the team, but I know those guys will defend me 1,000%. I’ll just take this day by day, and I know my team is here for me and I’m here for them day after day. “