NFL running backs’ troubles continue.
Dalvin Cook, a free-agent running back, has been accused of offering his ex-girlfriend, Gracelyn Trimble, a sum of $1 million to persuade her to retract her previous allegations of abuse against him.
A sealed court filing, obtained by the Star Tribune, reveals that Cook’s legal team attempted to have Trimble drop her assault accusations by offering her $800,000 initially. The offer came with the condition that Trimble sign an affidavit denying the abuse claims she previously made under oath.
“Cook’s initial offer of $800,000 came with a requirement that Trimble sign a sworn affidavit denying abuse claims, the document said. But Trimble has already testified under oath that Cook physically abused her. The $1 million offer required Trimble to send a letter — not sworn testimony — to the NFL absolving Cook of wrongdoing.
However, Trimble declined the offer. Cook’s legal team then increased the offer to $1 million, requiring Trimble to send a letter, not under oath, to the NFL absolving Cook of any wrongdoing. Trimble, however, remained steadfast and rejected the subsequent offer.
The legal dispute between Cook and Trimble stems from November 2021 when Trimble filed a lawsuit accusing Cook of physical and emotional abuse. In response, Cook filed a defamation lawsuit against Trimble in Hennepin County.
Both cases are still ongoing. Trimble’s allegations against Cook include being thrown over a couch, into a coffee table resulting in severe injuries to her forehead and nose, physical assault, choking, brandishing a rifle, and death threats. The court documents also claim that Cook used a broomstick to beat Trimble, threw her against a wall, and repeatedly kicked her in the hips and ribs.
Trimble’s attorney argues that Cook’s monetary offers and attempts to alter Trimble’s sworn testimony can be seen as evidence of a crime. They suggest that Cook was manipulating Trimble into perjury and that this behavior demonstrates his guilt. The personal injury lawsuit filed by Trimble against Cook is scheduled for trial in front of Dakota County Judge Jamie Cork next year, with a hearing on the recent filing set for Monday.
Dalvin Cook, despite his successful career rushing for over 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, was released by the team in June.
As the legal battle between Cook and Trimble continues, all eyes are on the upcoming trial where the truth behind these disturbing allegations will be closely examined.