Florida State tailback Dalvin Cook, the third-ranked Seminoles' leading rusher this season, has been named as an associate in an ongoing investigation of an alleged aggravated assault, according to a news release issued by the Tallahassee Police Department on Wednesday.
Tallahassee police are investigating whether two men brandished a firearm at a neighbor on July 17, according to the release. Cook's involvement, if any, in the alleged incident isn't known. He was not named as a suspect in the report, according to Tallahassee police.
The details of the investigation including Cook's name was part of a news release regarding a Freedom of Information request sent to Tallahassee police by ESPN's "Outside The Lines". Police sent that report to ESPN, but had redacted all details, including his name. ESPN did not know that Cook's name was part of the report until police issued the statement Wednesday.
Cook, a freshman from Miami, leads the Seminoles with 905 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He is expected to play when FSU faces No. 2 Oregon in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual on New Year's Day, one of the two semifinals games of the inaugural College Football Playoff.
"We are committed to ensuring that every citizen of this community, including our university students, know that we take every report of possible criminal activity seriously," Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said in the statement. "We also have an obligation, under state law, to respond to national media requests such as this and have done so professionally and with a commitment to openness."
Earlier this season TPD attempted to interview FSU tailback Karlos Williams about his role, if any, in an alleged robbery of an FSU student. And TPD also opened an investigation into an alleged domestic battery involving Williams and his pregnant girlfriend. Williams declined to be interviewed by police and the state attorney's office in both cases and was never charged in either case.