Reports of Dalvin Cook being a bad apple have been greatly exaggerated.
According to Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher at least.
“Look at the situation,” Fisher said after on Tuesday following the conclusion of Florida State’s Pro Day.
“He did nothing wrong. He was there and was actually defusing the situation. That’s him. You’re never going to have those issues with him. He’s a great guy. Tremendous character guy, and I never had any issues with him.”
Cook was alleged to have punched a woman in the face in 2015, but was acquitted in less than 30 minutes, and prior to that was citied for violation of animal care according to the Tallahassee Democrat, when he left three dogs chained by the neck outside and failing to provide shelter. Cook was fined $550 for in the incident that took place in 2014.
Fisher continued in his defense of Cook.
“If I got on him, if I challenged him, ‘yes sir. What do I need?’ Then he would go talk to other players. Guys that you got on or are having issues off the field. He would go sit down with them and talk to them. He’d do things like that. He was tremendous for us.”
A league source recently told PewterReport.com that the Buccaneers aren’t overly concerned with Cook’s character and those issues haven’t caused Tampa Bay to take Cook off of their draft board. The Bucs are thought to be very interested in Cook, but have doubts he will make it past a number of teams who are drafting ahead of them.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com