The good news? The lockout ended the league’s supervision of players who find trouble (or vice-versa) away from the field of play.
The bad news? The authorities have not yet imposed a lockout.
It remains to be seen whether Cook will face any scrutiny from the league. Whether the personal conduct policy applies during the lockout is something that will be negotiated between the NFL and the players in conjunction with the next labor deal. Cook’s best move, in our view, would be to get the case resolved quickly, so that it also ends during the lockout.
Cook, the 34th pick in the 2010 draft and the second player selected in round two, was the first rookie added by the Vikings last year.
He’s the second Minnesota rookie from the 2010 draft to be arrested this offseason. Defensive end Everson Griffen was arrested not once but twice, in a matter of days.