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Chris Cook cleared on gun charge

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Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was cleared on a charge of brandishing a firearm Friday.

Cook was accused of taking out a gun during a verbal alertercation with a neighbor.  He admitted getting into an argument, but denied taking a gun out.

“I was never concerned.  I had good witnesses. All of our stories matched each other,” Cook told Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  “They decided they were basically trying to string this story together and just make me look bad. The judge ruled in my favor. . . .  The verdict was not guilty and he just dismissed it. I’m just happy to get it over with.”

Cook promises to be more “cautious” when dealing with others in the future.   He was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor in March. Getting the case solved so quickly should help Cook’s chances of avoiding major punishment from the league.

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34 Responses to “Chris Cook cleared on gun charge”
  1. minnesconsin says: May 6, 2011 1:24 PM

    even as a packers fan who tends to think the vikings squad is full of turds, i’m glad to see this cleared up so quickly. partially because all the gun issues this offseason have been disturbing, but also because I’d rather have Cook on the field. Dude seems like a B-U-S-T.

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    Thank goodness, last thing the Vikings need is a repeat of drama and idiocy of the 2010 season.

  3. hobartbaker says: May 6, 2011 1:27 PM

    “All of our stories match each other.”. It wasn’t easy.

  4. thephantomstranger says: May 6, 2011 1:28 PM

    What major punishment from the league should Cook be trying to avoid? He didn’t do anything.

  5. hobartbaker says: May 6, 2011 1:29 PM

    Just from looking at Cook’s physique, the gun probably wasn’t a bad idea.

  6. thephantomstranger says: May 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    minnesconsin says:
    May 6, 2011 1:24 PM
    even as a packers fan who tends to think the vikings squad is full of turds, i’m glad to see this cleared up so quickly. partially because all the gun issues this offseason have been disturbing, but also because I’d rather have Cook on the field. Dude seems like a B-U-S-T.
    ________________

    If anyone knows about busts, it’s a Packer fan. Cook had two injured MCLs last year but looked great before the injuries. Let’s see how he does if he can avoid injury.

  7. willycents says: May 6, 2011 1:33 PM

    “not guilty” indicates the presence of reasonable doubt in the prosecutions case. Has little bearing on “innocent.” just saying

  8. minnesotablizzard says: May 6, 2011 1:34 PM

    “Getting the case solved so quickly should help Cook’s chances of avoiding major punishment from the league.”

    Why and how could he possibly be punished by the league? He was cleared. The neighbor was probably looking for a payday and started the altercation. Even suggesting a “major punishment from the league” seems ludicrous to me.

    I’m hoping Cook comes in motivated and healthy because he did flash some skills last year and played very aggressive and physical while healthy. The coaches were really impressed with him in training camp before the knee issues. We could really use him in the secondary this coming season with Asher Allen unable to tackle or cover anyone, Winfield getting old, and Griffin trying to come back from another ACL.

  9. jebdamone says: May 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    why would cook be punished by the league for getting in a verbal arguement with a neighbor?

  10. vadog says: May 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    Why would Chris Cook receive any punishment from the league? He was found not quilty. That should be the end of the story.

  11. ted1sheckler says: May 6, 2011 1:48 PM

    In the dictionary under the word bust, there are pictures of Justin Harrell and Tony Mandarich.

    Don’t bother using reason phantom. The average iq of Packer fans hovers just above 70.

  12. thephantomstranger says: May 6, 2011 2:01 PM

    ted1sheckler says:
    May 6, 2011 1:48 PM
    Don’t bother using reason phantom. The average iq of Packer fans hovers just above 70.
    ________________

    That IQ of 70 is now known as “the Mendenhall line.”

  13. ttommytom says: May 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    If a Judge was ruling at this point then it was a pre-trial hearing regarding evidence or witness statements.

    If he gets punished for an argument then at some point the NFL is going to end up in a real court over such nonsense.

  14. eaglesfan290 says: May 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    How did Chris Cook know all the stories matched? ……..interesting

  15. theytukrjobs says: May 6, 2011 2:06 PM

    This story never passed my BS meter. I think other people when they hear stories to stop to think for themselves what makes sense because 90% of the time some “story” breaks where we don’t know all the facts, in the end it is all obvious.

    To me it never seemed very likely that Cook would walk up to a neighbor’s house and brandish a gun in broad daylight. Seemed much more likely that someone would just say that, than for Cook to actually do it.

  16. purpleguy says: May 6, 2011 2:11 PM

    The whole deal was a joke from the beginning. In that jurisdiction, a criminal charge is issued by a victim filling out a frigging form and filing it with the cops. The cops were skeptical when it was issued, the witnesses showed the claim was false, and the judge similarly realized it was a steaming pile of crap. Criticize him for having bad knees, being too slow, or having lousy hair, but not for pulling a gun on a neighbor. We can leave the NFCN off-season criminal blotter to the Pack’s John “codine” Jolly.

  17. db3300 says: May 6, 2011 2:27 PM

    “If anyone knows about busts, it’s a Packer fan.”

    Hey, I dislike the Packers as much as anyone but that insult rings kind of hollow not long after they win the SB. I guess you could be correct if you believe that just getting there is an honor. That line is over there with the Bills.

  18. dbellina says: May 6, 2011 2:29 PM

    Why would he even be given any punishment by the league? He was innocent.

  19. danimalk82 says: May 6, 2011 2:33 PM

    “even as a packers fan who tends to think the vikings squad is full of turds, i’m glad to see this cleared up so quickly. partially because all the gun issues this offseason have been disturbing, but also because I’d rather have Cook on the field. Dude seems like a B-U-S-T.”

    I agree, as a fan of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, I would prefer that Chris Cook stay on the field. He was a major contributor of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packer’s sweep of the (6-10, tied for last place in the NFC North) Minnesota Vikings last year.
    :)

  20. cusoman says: May 6, 2011 2:59 PM

    danimalk82 says:
    May 6, 2011 2:33 PM

    I agree, as a fan of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, I would prefer that Chris Cook stay on the field. He was a major contributor of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packer’s sweep of the (6-10, tied for last place in the NFC North) Minnesota Vikings last year.

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    O rly? Considering he was coming off an injury the first game against the Vikes last year (who’s victory was handed to the Packers) and the 2nd game was when he got re-injured, I find that hard to believe.

  21. dbellina says: May 6, 2011 3:24 PM

    So where were all these Packers fans in 2009 when Rodgers was getting sacked 5 times a game and old man Favre was handing you a beat down?

  22. zn0rseman says: May 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    Apparently, nobody is allowed to post comments critical of the slant put forth on such stories such as this, so I must agree with the author that Chris Cook will be extremely lucky to avoid sever punishment by the league for a crime that he obviously did not commit.

  23. minnesconsin says: May 6, 2011 3:41 PM

    for what it’s worth, i was thinking of tyrell johnson when i made the bust comment. who knows, cook could work out if he stays healthy, but to me he always looked too slow to be a great corner in the league.

    vikings fans can hate on the Pack all they want, our recent drafts have worked out just fine, busts and all (though harrell has been injured every year as well

  24. stavreafavre says: May 6, 2011 3:56 PM

    Justice moves swiftly in Minnesota. Sometimes.

  25. footballrulz says: May 6, 2011 4:18 PM

    dbellina says:
    May 6, 2011 3:24 PM
    So where were all these Packers fans in 2009 when Rodgers was getting sacked 5 times a game and old man Favre was handing you a beat down?
    ________________________________

    We were right here listening to the same old tired & trite insults. Fortunately 2010 turned out a lot better. As I have read many, many times from the same folks slinging the barbs, the past doesn’t matter. Only real winner is the winner of the last SB. That would be GB, of course.

  26. gdeli says: May 6, 2011 4:46 PM

    Get your life right dude. You gotta good future if you don’t blow it. You can move into my neighborhood with many seniors in it then you will have an 81 yr lady, 60 year old prostate cancer survivor and an old marine that woodworks and gives me dirty looks. ha But its quiet except for the guy in the red ford monster truck that sounds like a UPS truck when he fires it up. ha

  27. 1stngoal says: May 6, 2011 6:02 PM

    eaglesfan290 says:
    May 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    How did Chris Cook know all the stories matched? ……..interesting

    *******************************************

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$…..thats how :-)

  28. brewdogg says: May 6, 2011 6:02 PM

    minnesconsin says:
    May 6, 2011 3:41 PM
    for what it’s worth, i was thinking of tyrell johnson when i made the bust comment. who knows, cook could work out if he stays healthy, but to me he always looked too slow to be a great corner in the league.
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    Too slow? Dude clocked at low-to-mid 4.4s consistently leading up to the draft. Are you telling me that a CB needs sub-4.4 speed to be effective? Do you really want to go there?

  29. dbellina says: May 6, 2011 7:31 PM

    @eaglesfan290 says:
    May 6, 2011 2:04 PM

    How did Chris Cook know all the stories matched? ……..interesting

    *******************************************

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$…..thats how :-)

    Or maybe he was present at his own trial and heard what his witnesses had to say???

  30. richm2256 says: May 6, 2011 8:47 PM

    “I was never concerned. I had good witnesses. All of our stories matched each other”
    ————————————————

    Now that, right there, makes me stop and go “hmmmmmmmmmm……”

    That’s all I’m sayin’

  31. okemon says: May 6, 2011 9:22 PM

    Cooks not a B-U-S-T…

    he was injured twice last year…. he did great in camp… preseason…. and before he was injured….

    He’ll be back… hopefully lockout isn’t too long though…. if guys aren’t in football shape with all of the off season training…. injuries can happen… if viking players read this….

    The Saints players and players of a couple of other teams got together on their own….. I would like to hear You guys do the same thing? QB’s and receivers should be continuously working out timing and so on….. Get together guys… don’t wait for the lock out to be over with.

  32. shaggytoodle says: May 7, 2011 12:57 AM

    cusoman
    and the 2nd game was when he got re-injured.

    ________________
    So is he going to blow a tire this season again trying to keep up with Greg Jennings?

  33. shaggytoodle says: May 7, 2011 12:59 AM

    QB’s and receivers should be continuously working out timing and so on….. Get together guys… don’t wait for the lock out to be over with.
    _______________

    Why is was all smiles in cheers when Favre came out of retirement in the middle of preseason (twice) now your going to start being picky?

  34. truthserum4u says: May 7, 2011 1:35 AM

    richm2256 says:
    May 6, 2011 8:47 PM

    “I was never concerned. I had good witnesses. All of our stories matched each other”
    ————————————————

    Now that, right there, makes me stop and go “hmmmmmmmmmm……”

    That’s all I’m sayin’
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Or he knew he didn’t brandish a gun, knew there were people there to see he didn’t brandish a gun and knew they would tell the truth. Besides, his lawyer most certainly interviewed or took depositions from the witnesses. A good lawyer doesn’t ask a question of a witness he doesn’t already pretty much know the answer to; surprises in court are rarely a good thing.

    But I’m sure your humming will give people the impression you’re in a good mood!

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