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Dalvin Cook: 'I'm the victim in this situation'


The Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has publicly pleaded his innocence a day after a woman accused him of assault, battery, and false imprisonment in a civil lawsuit.

"I'm the victim in this situation," he said.

Cook's agent, Zac Hiller, told that the Vikings player had been the victim of domestic abuse and extortion by Gracelyn Trimble.

Cook said Wednesday that "the truth will come out," assuring the media that he will play this Sunday and that he is not worried about future discipline.

"I just want everyone to know that I'm the victim in this situation," Cook said at the start of his media appearance Wednesday, "and the truth and the details about the situation will come out." Any other questions, you can ask my agent, my lawyer, and that will be it."

I just want everyone to know that I'm the victim in this situation

About conflicting reports of a November 2020 altercation, Cook declined to give a statement.

"I would love to. I'd love to go (into) detail about the situation, but I don't think it's a good idea for me to sit here and talk about a situation that's being handled on a different side."

What happened?

Cook added that he only knew of Trimble's lawsuit when the reports surfaced Tuesday night but maintained his innocence.

He explained that Trimble broke into Cook's home and assaulted him last November during a breakup between the two.

Trimble's lawsuit includes screenshots of a text message exchange in which Cook apologizes for his actions.

"I hate to be a distraction to the team," Cook said Wednesday, "but I know my team is here for me, and I'm here for them."

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