TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — The trial for a star player on the Florida State Seminoles football team began on Monday in Tallahassee.READ MORE: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook shouted at a woman that he’d be able to buy her once he signs a pro contract, then punched her in the face, the alleged victim testified as the player went on trial on a misdemeanor battery charge.
Madison Geohegan said she began arguing with a group of football players after one of them called her a whore and she replied, “If I’m a ho, your mom’s a ho.” At first Cook tried to calm the group by telling everyone to “chill out,” she said. Geohegan described him as nice at first.
But she testified that he became angry when she pushed Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph and when she told the group she wasn’t impressed that they were players. She told them she was dating Auburn defensive back T.J. Davis.
Geohegan told the seven-member jury that Cook shouted, “We can buy you in two years! Google me!”
“I said, ‘Everyone’s on Google,'” Geohegan testified. She said that is when Cook punched her. She said a group of players held him back while he kept flailing at her. Her friend, Keara Lubeskie, testified that Cook also hit her in the side as he was trying to punch Geohegan again.
Defense lawyers tried to discredit the story by saying both girls were drunk, that Geohegan never sought medical attention and that she told police in the days after the incident that she didn’t want to pursue charges. They said she also told police at first that she had been attacked by a group of players, not just Cook.
Cook’s lawyer, Joey McCall, repeatedly questioned whether Geohegan would only suffer a cut lip if a 215-pound football player punched her.
Tallahassee police officer Matthew Smidt agreed that her injuries weren’t severe.READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
“To me, no it did not look like she got hit by a fist in the face,” Smidt said.
While Cook lawyer Ricky Patel told jurors he wanted them to hear Cook’s side of the story, he persuaded Judge Augustus Aikens Jr. not to allow jurors to hear a recording of an investigator interviewing the player about the incident.
Cook, 20, led Florida State last year with 1,008 rushing yards as a freshman. He was also second on the team with eight touchdowns. Cook rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 43 yards in Florida State’s 37-35 victory over Georgia Tech to win the ACC championship.
He also rushed for 103 yards in Florida State’s 59-20 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
He has been suspended pending the outcome of the trial. Florida State opens the season Sept. 5 against Texas State.
While Geohegan described herself as “buzzed” after drinking a margarita and a tequila sunrise, she said she wasn’t so drunk that she couldn’t clearly remember details of the June 23 incident.
She says she didn’t know his name that night, but the she saw him at another bar three days later and he smirked at her. She says she and Lubeskie looked at Rudolph’s Instagram account and spotted a photo of Cook, which they shared with police.
Police then showed Geohegan a lineup of six photos. It contained Cook’s driver license photo and those of five others who look similar to him. She immediately pointed out Cook and told officers she was 100 percent certain it was the man who hit her.MORE NEWS: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed
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