Vikings’ Dalvin Cook lawyer says civil case likely to go to trial in 2023

A jury trial in a civil lawsuit involving Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook is likely to take place in August 2023, one of his attorneys said Thursday.

“That hasn’t been set, but it looks like it will be,” attorney David Valentini said of an August 2023 trial date.

Cook was sued last November by a former girlfriend for allegedly assaulting her at her home in Inver Grove Heights in November 2020. In December, Cook filed a defamation and fraud suit against the woman, Gracelyn Trimble.

Cook declined to comment after practice Thursday afternoon.

Trimble, a US Army sergeant stationed in Italy, alleged in her lawsuit that Cook left her with a concussion, as well as cuts and marks on her face. She alleges assault and battery and false imprisonment in addition to assault and has sought unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.

After Trimble filed the lawsuit last November, Cook said he was “the victim in this situation and the ‘truth’ will come out.”

Asked that the trial would not take place until the end of the season, Valentini said the trial was “still hanging over (Cook’s) head”.

“I never say, ‘Don’t worry,’ but I always think (Trimble’s suit is) just frivolous,” he added. “…I don’t think it’s that easy if you have something hanging over your head.”

Valentini stressed that it was a civil matter and said “there is nothing criminal about it”. With that in mind, Valentini said he would let the civil attorneys representing Cook “do their thing” but that he would remain “in the case.”

A message left for Trimble’s attorney, Daniel J. Cragg, was not immediately returned.

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