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Chris Cook out of jail: “There’s always two sides to a story”

Chris Cook, Joe Webb AP

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook got out of jail today, three days after he was arrested for domestic violence, and quickly took to Twitter.

“There’s always two sides to a story!!” Cook wrote. “My apologies to the fans! Vikings ownership, coaching staff, my teammates and friends and family!!”

Cook didn’t say what his side of the story is. According to the criminal complaint, Cook choked his girlfriend and knocked her into a wall after learning she talked to an ex-boyfriend. He was charged with domestic abuse by strangulation, a felony.

“Mr. Cook will be prosecuted just like anybody else charged with this crime,” Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s a serious crime and it’ll be taken very seriously. . . . There are pictures of marks on her neck consistent with strangulation.”

The arrest was Cook’s second this year. He was previously arrested and accused of pulling a gun on a man during a verbal altercation, but was acquitted of that charge.

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  1. joetoronto says: Oct 25, 2011 5:37 PM

    What a POS, take out the friggin trash!

  2. trbowman says: Oct 25, 2011 5:38 PM

    Time for Frazier to send a message and sit him out.

  3. jimbobobjr says: Oct 25, 2011 5:40 PM

    No, Chris. There are 3 sides to every story. The two versions of the opposing sides, and the truth somewhere in the middle.

  4. duanethomas says: Oct 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    Is Wayne Brady gonna have to………………………too soon?

  5. 14whodey18 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:42 PM

    He will get cut…..can’t wait for Bengals to sign him

  6. mattbydlon says: Oct 25, 2011 5:42 PM

    Brian Robison needs to kick Cook in the nuts…

  7. bdickey33 says: Oct 25, 2011 5:42 PM

    This sucks for the Vikes, but hopefully they do the right thing. He was just starting to look like he could develop into a #1 corner. He played alot of single coverage on Calvin & Larry and came away with 2 pretty decent games if you ask me. Now they probably lose him for 4 games and probably should be more. Hopefully this is an isolated incident and this guy can straighten up. He has a chance to be a star.

  8. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 5:44 PM

    The two sides:

    1. I didn’t do it
    2. She was asking for it.

  9. earthtopft says: Oct 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    It’s a classic “she said/misogynistic ghetto pimp said” situation.

  10. jeffw says: Oct 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    @ trbowman “Sit him out”…? He needs to go sit in jail for a few years to protect his next potential victims. This guy obviuosly has mental issues he needs to deal with.

  11. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    I doubt he could have helped Sunday anyway. Excluding spikes and balls thrown away, Rodgers was 24 for 27. Two of the three misses were dropped passes.

  12. earthtopft says: Oct 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    There are two sides to the story, and that is without even talking to the ex boyfriend, the neighbors, in laws on both sides, and the family pets.

  13. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    Well, he sure looks intelligent.

  14. cusoman says: Oct 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    I fear that when push comes to shove, the Vikes brass is going to decide to overlook this because they need DBs so bad – Johnson, Griffin, Sanford and Abdullah are TERRIBLE. I hope they don’t do that.

    I say let him go to keep these guys in line and let teams throw all over the place for the rest of the year, will just put a big exclamation point on the need for a quality DB in free agency, and there could be some good ones in 2012. There’s just no excuse for this kind of behavior.

  15. minkytails says: Oct 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    When you are arrested for choking a woman and spend 3 days in jail, there are 2 sides to the story. The good side and the evil side. Sorry, Chris, you’re on the evil side.

  16. cusoman says: Oct 25, 2011 5:51 PM

    scudbot says:
    Oct 25, 2011 5:46 PM
    I doubt he could have helped Sunday anyway. Excluding spikes and balls thrown away, Rodgers was 24 for 27. Two of the three misses were dropped passes.
    —————–
    So… are you trying to say DBs don’t have the ability to affect caught balls? Cook might not have been having a breakout season, but he wasn’t terrible either.

    Rodgers is good, but how good he was that day was exacerbated by how incredibly BAD the Vikes secondary is.

  17. kernelreefer says: Oct 25, 2011 5:56 PM

    Why would Chris Cook post his side of the story? No lawyer worth 2 cents would allow their client to speak publicly about a case like this. Especially on Twitter. I would love to be the attorney assigned to prosecute THAT case.

    The evidence might seem pretty condemning, but I’ll leave that up to the courts.

  18. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 25, 2011 6:00 PM

    bdickey33 says: . . . Hopefully this is an isolated incident and this guy can straighten up.

    The arrest was Cook’s second this year. He was previously arrested and accused of pulling a gun on a man during a verbal altercation . . .

    Not an isolated incident, evidently.

  19. gdeli says: Oct 25, 2011 6:03 PM

    more mn drama! #1 team with goons since 2001. enough!

  20. captaintriumph says: Oct 25, 2011 6:10 PM

    I don’t know Cook or this woman personally, so I have no idea what really happened. But Frazier should sit him a couple games. The Vikings should be practicing – not trying to win games and mess up their draft position.

  21. warvette says: Oct 25, 2011 6:16 PM

    people generally don’t spend 4 days in jail unless they’ve made some poor choices somewhere. two sides? cripes. “i did not have strangulations with that woman”. i’m sure that will hold up in court.

  22. qoojo says: Oct 25, 2011 6:20 PM

    Vikings should cut him, and let him go to the raiders or bengals if they are willing to take the risk. The man has some serious problems if he strangled her hard enough to leave marks. No second side of the story needed unless she was packing some kind of weapon.

  23. joughstef says: Oct 25, 2011 6:25 PM

    Just another chapter in the Viking’s storied past of choking.

  24. axespray says: Oct 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    cusoman says:Oct 25, 2011 5:51 PM

    “Rodgers is good, but how good he was that day was exacerbated by how incredibly BAD the Vikes secondary is.”

    And Peterson only gets his stats by how incredibly bad run defenses are…. no effort or any amount of determination, ka-durrh!?

  25. jeffro33 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    Ike Turner ruined it for Chris Cook.

    Two sides = Cook’s version, and the truth.

  26. jackfnburton says: Oct 25, 2011 6:27 PM

    There are more than two sides to most stories, kid. Way more.

  27. richm2256 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:29 PM

    “There’s always two sides to a story!!”

    There are pictures of marks on her neck consistent with strangulation.”

    The arrest was Cook’s second this year. He was previously arrested and accused of pulling a gun on a man during a verbal altercation
    ——————————————————–
    Shut up, Cook.

    Just shut up.

    Nobody wants to hear “your”side of the story.

    We’ve heard more than enough.

    Time for the Vikings to get serious and kick this jerk out the door.

  28. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 25, 2011 6:37 PM

    Sadly, this kind of thing rarely results in any significant jail time, and usually goes unreported. How Cook handles himself after he pays his price to society and the NFL will go a long way toward determining what kind of career he has, if any. If he did it, the best thing would be to plead guilty, take his suspension, and get help.

  29. gb4mn0 says: Oct 25, 2011 6:56 PM

    Oct 25, 2011 6:26 PM
    cusoman says:Oct 25, 2011 5:51 PM

    “Rodgers is good, but how good he was that day was exacerbated by how incredibly BAD the Vikes secondary is.”

    And Peterson only gets his stats by how incredibly bad run defenses are…. no effort or any amount of determination, ka-durrh!?

    ————————
    That’s priceless. Isn’t it sad that all you purple turd rubes are left with is discounting the performance of the players and the play of the teams that you lose to (lost 16 of last 23) and then you over-hype the performance of the vikequeens, you then add in your ifs, ands or buts all in a feeble minded attempt to massage the negative to the positive so you can deal with your inner demons of weak self-esteem and self-worth. But guess what lavender dolt. The score is still the same……….sore losers. Just look at the power cheese has over your pathetic life.

  30. thingamajig says: Oct 25, 2011 6:58 PM

    There might be two sides to this story but the photos of her neck show only one side is believable.

  31. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 7:01 PM

    cusoman, Rodgers accuracy is other-worldly right now. It’s really difficult to defend perfectly thrown passes and that’s what he’s producing for the most part currently. Maybe Cook could have prevented a catch or two by messing with the route but nobody else has had much success this year yet.

  32. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 7:07 PM

    Besides, cusoman, when a route gets biffed Rodgers usually just hits someone else.

  33. stellarperformance says: Oct 25, 2011 7:08 PM

    Two sides to every story? I think what he meant to say was;

    ‘What do tell a woman with two black eyes?”

    “Nothing. You already told her twice!”

  34. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 25, 2011 7:08 PM

    Umm…she strangled herself.

    Yeah, that’s a good other side to the story.

    Unless you’re going to explain WHY she deserved to be strangled.

    In which case, please….entertain us.

  35. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    qoojo says: Oct 25, 2011 6:20 PM
    The man has some serious problems if he strangled her hard enough to leave marks.

    ———————————–

    I honestly don’t think you meant this the way it sounds….

    But it sounds bad.

  36. bucks12965 says: Oct 25, 2011 7:15 PM

    I think he’s going to end up in the same place as Lawrence Phillips.

  37. ezwriter69 says: Oct 25, 2011 7:16 PM

    She had hemorrhages in her eyes, you don’t get that without serious strangulation… and it means she was about a minute from dead, guess then there would only have been one side of the story.
    Have fun in jail, tough guy.

  38. 6kings says: Oct 25, 2011 7:17 PM

    I was really hopeful for this guy. In Minnesota, he will definitely get jail time for this. He will be back just in time for next year’s playoffs.

  39. zbigern says: Oct 25, 2011 7:22 PM

    Good chance hes gettin sat by uncle goodell for a couple games no matter what. i dunno about cutting him. he IS the only decent DB on that team minus Winfield, who could well be done anyway considering his age and most recent injuries. i believe in rehab/rehabilitation. VIKES FANS WAKE UP! free agency has KILLED you and Cook was your best bet yet on a DB.Should he learn from his mistakes maybe he can provide some new young guns a role model…ala Chris Carter. draft and develop…see: the packers.

  40. fwippel says: Oct 25, 2011 7:27 PM

    This guy is going to prison for a while, as anyone should who assaults another person in this manner. His goose is cooked (no pun intended).

  41. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 25, 2011 7:32 PM

    fwippel says: Oct 25, 2011 7:27 PM

    This guy is going to prison for a while, as anyone should who assaults another person in this manner. His goose is cooked (no pun intended).

    ———————————

    Awww…..

    It’s so cute that you think that.

    Laws don’t apply to professional athletes. He’ll plead guilty to disturbing the peace and get community service.

    But still….adorable.

  42. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 7:37 PM

    Obviously he’s sincere. Why else would he have used so many exclamation marks in that tweet?

    Either he gets community service and hand washes Goodell’s limo till 2014 or gets slammed and paroled to Goodell for hand limo-washing therapy. Either way, then he can be the face of your franchise.

  43. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 25, 2011 7:50 PM

    What a fine, upstanding young man…
    Learn from his mistakes? Choking a woman isn’t a mistake. It’s the act of the kind of cowardly POS that has tons of fun while inside….

    I hope he gets at least a year in Stillwater.

    Probably only about 3 months in county, though…

  44. achamarro1 says: Oct 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    DB and I don’t mean defensive back

  45. cusoman says: Oct 25, 2011 8:00 PM

    I love how every Vikes thread here turns into a love fest for the Packers. You guys certainly have some problems if you’re coming here envying a team with problems like Cook – why don’t you focus on your success and not another’s misfortune? Clearly ungrateful for your team’s success.

    @axespray – you need to look up the definition of the word “exacerbate” – I wasn’t discounting Rodgers at all, what’s he doing this year is clearly great and any fan of the game recognizes that. But to think that a downright terrible secondary (arguably the worst in the league) didn’t play SOME part in his extreme accuracy? Pure homerism.

    @gb4mn0 – See above.

    @scudbot – Since you seem to be the more well rounded of the Vikings post Packer dwellers, I’ll humor you. Perfectly thrown passes are difficult to defend, agreed. That being said, a really good corner or linebacker spying the QB can telegraph the pass and if they get there first, we know what happens there. The Vikings have no such person in the secondary with Winfield out, and I’m by no means saying Cook would have made a huge impact on Rodgers numbers, but to say he’d make NO impact? You guys are making is sound like DBs shouldn’t even show up, because Rodgers is going to hit everyone every time, no matter what. Do you realize how ridiculous that makes you all sound? All I’m trying to say is, he’s great and having an amazing season and I’m not taking away from that, but bad secondaries aren’t hurting his numbers, they are helping it. That’s not a dig on Rodgers, that’s a dig on bad secondaries, and the Vikes secondary is a bloody freaking mess right now.

  46. richm2256 says: Oct 25, 2011 8:01 PM

    I followed the link and read the entire article.

    This guy is unbelievable.

    The police were called by a neighbor who heard yelling and screaming. They found the woman sitting on the floor, crying.

    She had:
    major strangulation marks around her neck (she alleges he strangled here twice)

    “hemorrhaging in an eye that is consistent with strangulation”

    a bloody nose, and was holding the side of her head (she alleges that Cook struck her in the ear)

    The victim was with just one other person in the home.

    Want to guess who that was?

    I don’t want to hear Cook’s spin on this. He’s disgusting.

    By the way, the article on twincities.com says that “a first-time offender convicted of the offense is more likely get a probated sentence stayed for a year and a day.”

    No jail time.

    If the Vikings put this woman beating pig on a football field again, I will be disgusted with them.

  47. 7ransponder says: Oct 25, 2011 8:06 PM

    zbigern says:
    Oct 25, 2011 7:22 PM
    Good chance hes gettin sat by uncle goodell for a couple games no matter what. i dunno about cutting him. he IS the only decent DB on that team minus Winfield, who could well be done anyway considering his age and most recent injuries. i believe in rehab/rehabilitation. VIKES FANS WAKE UP! free agency has KILLED you.
    —————————–
    Uhhh, the Vikings have been drafting a lot of DBs, they just haven’t panned out. Dating back to 2006 (Griffin in Round 2), the Vikings have burned five picks within the first three rounds on defensive backs.

    I’d argue the Vikings would do better to acquire a high caliber DB in the FA market in 2012 because they just can’t get it right through drafts.

  48. bedmanokc says: Oct 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    And now your starting Cornerback for YOUR Cincinatti Bengals……

  49. dd393 says: Oct 25, 2011 8:29 PM

    The Vikings should have prison stripes for their alternate uniforms.

  50. thejuddstir says: Oct 25, 2011 8:31 PM

    It takes a real tough guy to beat up a female……..too bad he can’t hit as hard on the field.

  51. football2011 says: Oct 25, 2011 8:40 PM

    A real creep should get a lifetime suspension

  52. getweird4u says: Oct 25, 2011 8:42 PM

    I would hate to know what would have happened if she held hands with him

  53. knucklehead93 says: Oct 25, 2011 8:47 PM

    I’m still upset that the Jets drafted Kyle Wilson right ahead of us, and we got stuck with this guy.

  54. noodlecbs says: Oct 25, 2011 8:58 PM

    Darwin was right.

  55. getweird4u says: Oct 25, 2011 9:01 PM

    bedmanokc says:Oct 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    And now your starting Cornerback for YOUR Cincinatti Bengals……
    ———————————————————-
    Wow that was awesome do you write for leno?

  56. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 25, 2011 9:02 PM

    If the ex wasn’t a millionaire professional football player, he must have had a lot more to offer in other departments. Which is obviously what set the inferior male off.

  57. vicpetro says: Oct 25, 2011 9:02 PM

    Frazier can’t just sit Cook if he wants. If Frazier benches or suspends him, and Cook is acquitted, then the Vikings face a grievance from the NFLPA. The team is essentially powerless in this situation. Cook’s fate will be determined by the courts first, Goodell and the NFL second.

  58. packfaninvikeland says: Oct 25, 2011 9:04 PM

    People make Bengals jokes or Raiders jokes, HOWEVER the vikings have had the most arrest by their players of ANY team in the past 10 years….LOL

  59. clevername1 says: Oct 25, 2011 9:13 PM

    I have a good mentor for this POS, Ray Carrueth. Let them share a cell and write poetry about the glories of beating/choking/shooting the love of you’re life. That looks to be his direction.

  60. vikingsguy says: Oct 25, 2011 9:17 PM

    Chris Cook:
    -Has shown a ton of promise
    -Is extremely good for a 2nd year CB
    -Might turn out to be a top five shutdown CB in the league
    -has two things that the Vikings need; 1. Youth 2. Skill

    Yours truly wants nothing more than a Vikings SB victory. That said, based on his girlfriend’s injuries, Cook’s past gun charge, and the fact that he apologized, I’d say that he’s guilty as OJ. That doesn’t mean that he’s going to be convicted.

    Either way, I don’t want to see him in a Vikings jersey ever again. I don’t care if he turns out to be the next coming of (ouch) Revis. Send this POS packing.

    I would guess that the Eagles would take him.

    ARGH. As a Vikings fan, this stinks.

    On the lighter side, did anyone see his Tweet a couple of weeks ago? It was along the lines of, “Who the hell leaves there [sic] phone at Perkins at 4am?” Ironic.

  61. m2karateman says: Oct 25, 2011 9:29 PM

    Looks like that acquittal earlier this year may have been a mistake.

    But I’m sure Chris Cook, a professional football player, had every right to put his hands around the throat of a defenseless woman and push her into a wall. I’m sure that somehow, someway she posed a real threat to him.

    I’d say Brian Robison should could him in the nuts too……if Chris Cook had any.

  62. sakatak says: Oct 25, 2011 9:58 PM

    bdickey33 says:
    Oct 25, 2011 5:42 PM
    This sucks for the Vikes, but hopefully they do the right thing. He was just starting to look like he could develop into a #1 corner. He played alot of single coverage on Calvin & Larry and came away with 2 pretty decent games if you ask me. Now they probably lose him for 4 games and probably should be more. Hopefully this is an isolated incident and this guy can straighten up. He has a chance to be a star.
    —————————————————–
    He has a chance to be the next O.J. Simpson.

  63. dkeyser says: Oct 25, 2011 9:59 PM

    With the additions of Talib and now Cook in the defensive backfield, prison QB’s QBR will soon take a turn for the worse

  64. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 10:11 PM

    cusoman, ” Do you realize how ridiculous that makes you all sound?”

    It is ridiculous. But unbelievably it’s also basically true. No NFL QB has ever done what Rodgers has done so far this year in terms of accuracy and efficiency. None.

    Did you see the first touchdown series? Mindblowing. Can he sustain it? Common sense would say no. But through 7 games, he has.

  65. theytukrjobs says: Oct 25, 2011 10:36 PM

    Typical Vikings thread. Some hilarious neutral comments. Some melodramatic zomg comments. And a bunch of douchey packer fans trying to somehow make this about themselves and how a successful local team fills all the voids in their lives.

  66. cameran0804 says: Oct 25, 2011 10:47 PM

    I wonder if he shared a jail cell with john jolly?

  67. scudbot says: Oct 25, 2011 10:47 PM

    clevername1, Carruth hired the hitman and drove the blocking car, like in a video game. The hitman pumped four slugs into the mother of his child. Carruth posted $3M bond and was supposed to turn himself in if his unborn daughter died too. She did. He didn’t. They found him living in the trunk of a car, replete with containers to contain his waste.

    Lots of people hate the Packers, now more than ever. But let’s not hear much more about Packers who were investigated for relatively minor crimes and then cleared after investigation and then cut by the team, okay? Johnny Jolly is a drug-related tragedy more than anything else. We could have used him; he was a good player. He’s one of several hundreds of players who have rolled through Green Bay in the last decade.

    Let’s get real and try to have some perspective.

    Philly has a felon for the face of their franchise. Then there’s Big Ben.

    The Vikes have had an ongoing culture problem for a long time. What Cook apparently did can’t be countenanced by anybody. Is it the Vikings fault? No. Is there something not quite right with Vikings player personnel staff? Maybe.

    Just pull together and build a stadium, then get matters better in hand. It’s a rivalry that matters to me and thousands of others.

  68. steelersandladyboysfan says: Oct 25, 2011 11:17 PM

    And here I always thought Mcnabb was the biggest choker in Minnesota.

  69. lenmad3 says: Oct 25, 2011 11:18 PM

    Cook choked his girlfriend and knocked her into a wall

    You mean EX girlfriend

  70. unbiased8383 says: Oct 26, 2011 12:34 AM

    3rd side. Shut up and take care of it in court. If that was me and I was innocent… my response: “This is BS. I would never harm a woman. Please reserve judgement because I promise this isnt true. I yelled got upset, granted. But I’d never hit a woman. My parents didn’t raise me like that.”

  71. packerfanfordecades says: Oct 26, 2011 12:47 AM

    I couldn’t help but be happy along with Christian Ponder when he came back to the sideline after that first 72+ yard pass completion. Yeah, I know, the 7 points wasn’t so good for the Packers, but I still rejoiced with Christian. It was great seeing a new, young, eager face with a big smile dressed in a Vikings uniform. That was fun.

    So … hey … it’s not a playoff year. Probably won’t be a cinch to make the playoffs next year either. Given that probable outcome, it would be a great time for the Vikings leadership to sort of clean out the roster and make room for more guys with a Christian Ponder type smile. Move some veteran talent out and bring some additional draft choices in. Rebuild. Shoot for revitalizing the Packer/Viking rivalry with a youth movement over in Minnesota. Start fresh.

  72. brewdogg says: Oct 26, 2011 1:57 AM

    I actually want to hear his side of this. Call me sadistic if you want, but I’m curious as to how this went down. Don’t get me wrong, unless it can be proven that it was self-defense (which I doubt even old Johnny C could pull off), then he deserves to spend some time in a concrete room reflecting on his poor choices. But what exactly led up to it? If I’m in a liquor store and a guy comes in and pulls a gun and tells everyone to hit the floor, if I grab a bottle of Jack and charge him with the intention of hitting him in the head with it, he’s going to shoot me. He should still be charged with murder for it, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m an idiot. So let’s hear his side of this story. In both sides, he needs to be left alone in a soundproof room with all her male relatives for a couple of hours, but just for the sake of getting a bead on the woman, let’s hear it.

  73. tatatoothy says: Oct 26, 2011 7:33 AM

    The only difference between the truth and Cook’s side of the story is the addition of the line “She deserved it.”

    What a clown.

  74. scudbot says: Oct 26, 2011 7:39 AM

    brewdogg, so Cook, being known far and wide as having impeccable judgement, shockingly picked a woman who cheated on him and then threw it in his face. Then Cook used measured reasoning, evidenced by forsaking the gun and knife solutions, and only strangled her.

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