Through a spokesman, the N.F.L. said in a statement that the league would review the matter and “continue to monitor developments but there’s no change to his status as this is a civil complaint.”
Cook and Trimble met on a Florida beach in 2018 and soon began a romantic relationship, according to the lawsuit. Trimble said in the suit that she learned Cook had cheated on her in March 2020, while she was being treated in a hospital after miscarrying their child. Trimble’s account accused Cook of pushing her in a physical confrontation the following week, and of Cook pushing her to the ground in a later dispute.
According to Trimble’s account, Cook assaulted her in an extended confrontation on Nov. 19, 2020, when she tried to collect her belongings from his home in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., a suburb southeast of Minneapolis. Cook became enraged, according the suit, and “slung” Trimble over a couch, causing her face to hit a coffee table and her nose and forehead to bleed.
By her account, Trimble had been armed with mace upon entering the house and sprayed it into her own face as she tried to defend herself against Cook. Two guests at the house, Cook’s cousin and her boyfriend, looked on and the boyfriend gave Trimble his shirt to staunch her bleeding, the suit detailed. A photo of the shirt and pictures of Trimble’s injuries were submitted as evidence.
Trimble’s account stated that she went upstairs to take a shower, but as she approached a bedroom, Cook picked her up, slammed her to the floor, pinned her down, choked her, and pointed a gun at her while hurling death threats. Hearing the altercation, Cook’s cousin entered the room and punched Trimble in the face, according to the suit, as Cook kept her pinned. Trimble later grabbed the gun, she said, and carried it in self-defense as she called a friend. Cook overheard their conversation and continued to threaten her, the lawsuit said.