Dalvin Cook Found Not Guilty of Misdemeanor Battery: Details, Comments, Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIAugust 25, 2015

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook walks during a break during NCAA college football practice in Carson, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Florida State is scheduled to play Oregon in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal on New Year's Day. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
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Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook was charged with misdemeanor battery last month for an alleged incident with a woman June 23 at a Tallahassee bar.

Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat reported Cook was not guilty of battery and tweeted video of the verdict being read:

"I'm thankful and blessed the truth came out," Cook said upon being exonerated, per ESPN's Jared Shanker. Cook also added, "I know I didn't commit no crime or did no wrong. ... I was making peace."

Following the news, Florida State released a statement reinstating Cook, adding he would be immediately eligible to return to practice, per Jared Shanker of ESPN.com. The running back had previously been indefinitely suspended by the FSU program in July.

Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel implied the proper call was made based on the allegations leveled at Cook:

The Seminoles have been under fire in recent years for their players' off-field issues. Former star quarterback Jameis Winston had multiple mishaps away from the gridiron. Video footage of freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar surfaced, prompting his dismissal from Florida State in July.

Cook was cleared after the jury deliberated for less than 25 minutes, according to Deen.

Cook ran for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns and added 22 receptions as a freshman in 2014. He also beat out current NFL player Karlos Williams for the majority of touches.

Winston's departure to the pros will make the rushing attack all the more critical to Florida State's success in the coming years. Cook can help the cause as the primary back.

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