Friday, July 10, 2015

Thug Factory: Another Florida State Football Player Accused of Beating Woman


In what is beginning to become a familiar pattern another Florida State Seminole football player has run afoul of the law for punching a woman out. This comes just days after the announcement that the school had cut ties with freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video of him punching a woman in the head at a bar went viral. The school has indefinitely suspended star running back Dalvin Cook and authorities are issuing a warrant for his arrest.

The latest garnet and gold clad thug was expected to play a huge role for the team this year as it tries to offset the loss of superstar quarterback and accused rapist Jameis Winston who has now taken his act south to Tampa Bay and NFL millions. Cook is also accused of beating up a woman – this one took place outside of a bar – and could end up being benched by a university that is now faced with trying to salvage it's image as being a thug factory.

The state attorney's office in Tallahassee will issue a warrant for the arrest of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, who is accused of punching a 21-year-old woman in the face several times during an argument outside a bar last month.
Florida State issued a statement Friday afternoon saying Cook has been suspended from the program indefinitely. The university said it would have no other comment.

State attorney Willie Meggs told ESPN.com on Friday that he had met with the woman, who is not a Florida State student, and a female witness on Friday. Cook's accuser presented Meggs photos of her injuries.

Meggs said Cook, a 19-year-old sophomore from Miami, will be charged with misdemeanor battery.

"I found the women to be very credible," Meggs said.

The alleged incident occurred the night before former Seminoles quarterback De'Andre Johnson punched another woman at a different bar near the FSU campus on June 24. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher dismissed Johnson from the team on Monday night, hours after the state attorney's office released surveillance video showing Johnson punching a 21-year-old FSU student in the face.

The woman who said Cook punched her told ESPN.com that her bottom lip was split and her nose was sore the next day. The woman said she identified Cook as the man who struck her in a photo lineup with two Tallahassee Police Department investigators on July 1. She told police she wanted to pursue criminal charges against him.

The Cook incident makes it obvious that the football team is a festering nest of criminal conduct and with the latest in a string of ugly public relations scandals the football program itself should be placed under scrutiny by the NCAA. There is an obvious disciplinary problem on the team and an institution that is obviously being overly permissive in sacrificing decency for dollars needs to look into some serious housecleaning.

As the old Greek proverb so aptly states “a fish rots from the head down” and that head belongs to FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher. Somebody, anybody who is an influential booster or has some power within the college hierarchy needs to call Fisher on the carpet because at some point winning and the big television bucks need to be secondary to developing decent citizens instead of gangstas.

Oh Chief Osceola, say it ain’t so!