NFL star Dalvin Cook has accused his former partner of breaking into his house and holding him and guests at gun point in a sensational counter to claims of assault, battery and false imprisonment.
According to reports in the US media, Cook, who plies his trade for the Minnesota Vikings, has been named in a lawsuit over assault allegations filed by ex-girlfriend Gracelyn Trimble.
The running back was accused of being violent during a heated confrontation at his home in November of last year, yet the story has taken a dramatic twist.
Cook's legal representative Dave Valentini has alerted the media to his version of events, alleging that Trimble had actually assaulted his client before trying to extort him of millions of dollars.
Trimble's initial lawsuit alleges that she travelled to Cook's property with the intention of ending their rocky relationship and collecting her personal belongings before departing for the last time.
However, she claims things quickly turned violent at the residence, accusing Cook of giving her "a concussion, leaving a scar on my face and taking me through hell".
Trimble says she used mace – a type of self-defence spray – to temporarily destabilise Cook before rushing to his bedroom, grabbing a gun and calling a friend for help.
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She then alleges that Cook returned to attack her with a broomstick and repeatedly threaten to kill her by pointing a gun to her head.
Per reporter Rochelle Olson, her lawsuit also includes screenshots of a text-message exchange between the couple in which Cook wrote: "I know what I did can't be rewind [sic] but I just want you to know I'm sorry I love you so much despite you think I don't or never did but I do!
"Whatever you need I'm here for you! And if you wanna go to the police I'll respect that I'll take my punishment for what I did!"
Trimble then responded: "Dalvin My [sic] face is so messed up I probably won't even get to go see my family for thanksgiving [sic]."
Yet, the side of the story put forward by Cook and Valentini makes for a completely different reading, with Trimble accused of stealing a garage door opener to illegally enter his property.
She is then alleged to have attacked Cook and one of his guests with mace, before holding the Vikings man and other guests at gunpoint.
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Valentini also claims Trimble had been trying to take millions of dollars from Cook in the months that followed the incident.
The Vikings have released a statement about Cook's legal matter and said: "We recently received notification from Dalvin Cook’s legal representative regarding a situation that occurred between Dalvin and a female acquaintance in November 2020 and led to an ongoing dispute between the parties.
"Upon learning of this, we immediately notified the NFL. We are in the process of gathering more information and will withhold further comment at this time."
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