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Attorney says FSU running back Dalvin Cook didn’t hit his accuser

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The attorney for suspended FSU running back Dalvin Cook says that his client never hit his accuser, and that in fact he walked away from her on the night in question.

And, contrary to the incident with FSU freshman De’Andre Johnson, there is no video to back up the allegations.

Ricky Patel of Miami says that the timing of the incident, following Johnson’s suspension so quickly, put pressure on those in charge in Tallahassee to vigorously pursue the case. There is the assumption that “he did it,” according to Patel.

Patel told ESPN.com that he is not interested in pleading down the charge.

“Dalvin Cook did not strike this woman,” said Patel. Players were leaving the scene at the same time. But Dalvin walked away before it got out of hand. We are not interested in a plea. It’s just not right. It must be dropped or he must be found not guilty. If necessary we will file civil charges after these false allegations.

Cook, 19, led FSU in rushing with 1,008 yards as a freshman. He was the MVP of the ACC title game, rushing for 177 yards and catching five passes for 43 more.

In an earlier interview with ESPN, the woman said, “They kept telling us they were football players. They kept telling us to Google them. They told me they were football players and they could buy me in two years.”

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