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Vikings’ Chris Cook acquitted on all charges

Chris Cook, Joe Webb AP

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been found not guilty on all charges after he was accused of hitting and choking his girlfriend.

Cook was charged with two felonies, domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault, and was acquitted of both. He also faced some lesser charges and was found not guilty of those.

Cook acknowledged that he slapped his ex-girlfriend and pushed her onto a bed but said it was self-defense after she first hit him and threw a shoe at him. His ex-girlfriend initially told police that he had choked her, but she recanted that claim at trial.

The jury began its deliberations on Wednesday morning and announced its not guilty verdict this afternoon.

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  1. vike4life says: Mar 15, 2012 3:47 PM

    I guess He will take his new girlfriend to a stip club tonight to celebrate!

  2. Ebrostradamus says: Mar 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    this is how dynasties begin

  3. banlarson says: Mar 15, 2012 3:49 PM

    Good news for Vikings. Now they just a starting corner, two safeties, a middle linebacker, weak side linebacker, left tackle, #1 WR, two OGs and maybe a franchise QB.

    We are set at TE and Punter.

  4. stavreafavre says: Mar 15, 2012 3:51 PM

    Now believes he will be able to, without penalty, mug any receiver who gave him a stiffarm earlier in the game.

  5. ammarradhi says: Mar 15, 2012 3:52 PM

    Great one left spot to fill on the rebuilding roster

  6. cags777 says: Mar 15, 2012 3:53 PM

    All I can say is Chris Cook is a very, very luck person. Had this been anyone else, they would have been found guilty. I just hope the Vikings keep this guy on a short leash and make him prove his worth on being an NFL athlete.

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    Congrats Chris on the not guilty verdicts. Now hopefully you can get back to football and get on with the rest of your life.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    I don’t know what really happened between Cook and his girlfriend, but a not guilty verdict makes it possible for the Vikings to bring him back. I wonder what public opinion will be if they do?

  9. godofwine330 says: Mar 15, 2012 3:55 PM

    Roger Goodell don’t care that you are innocent. 4 Game Suspension. I swear, Goodell is as bad as the Quintessons on Transformers the movie.

  10. mnajb says: Mar 15, 2012 3:58 PM

    Briiing him back!

  11. vikefan says: Mar 15, 2012 3:59 PM

    i would think “legally” impossibly to be charged when victim keeps changing story and cannot be trusted at all regarding telling an honest statement. once victim changed story once it makes it an easy decision for any jury. regardless if he did it or not, once victim changes story and cannot be trusted at all there is already “reasonable doubt”.

  12. gripless says: Mar 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    Great, now see if we can trade him for some picks. No sense having a bad character guy on a rebuilding team.

  13. norseyapper says: Mar 15, 2012 4:11 PM

    There isn’t a question of “bring him back.” The Vikings, with a serious amount of criticism from media, etc, chose to keep him on their roster with full pay until the legal issue was decided.

  14. rkl0244 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:13 PM

    Roger Goodell must be proud. Just another NFL criminal.

  15. dcviking says: Mar 15, 2012 4:14 PM

    Now, do the Vikings keep him — if they do, he has still issues with the league regarding personal conduct.

    OR

    If the plan was to cut him all along, can they do it now without concern for violating the CBA regarding player conduct?

    Final question: if the court records show that he hit or choked her AFTER (i.e. late) the police showed up, would New Orleans have instant interest in him?

  16. norseyapper says: Mar 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    On the football side of things, Cook was just beginning to show himself to be a respectable NFL corner when the crap hit the fan last fall.
    Hopefully the young man will have learned something from the experience. I wouldn’t bet on it, but hopefully…

  17. captaintriumph says: Mar 15, 2012 4:29 PM

    Good news. Would have been a real pain to have to fill another position, especially corner. Cook fits perfectly into the youth movement we’re starting here. All that side-show stuff is a private matter between him and his girlfriend anyway.

  18. vikefan says: Mar 15, 2012 4:31 PM

    Roger Goodell must be proud. Just another NFL criminal.
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    what part of aquitted means he is a criminal?

  19. buffaloviking says: Mar 15, 2012 4:32 PM

    Hey dont blame him, the jury found him not-guilty. Maybe the whole story didnt come out in the public. Just wish these overpaid pro athletes would grow up.

  20. gb4mn0 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:36 PM

    This smells like another vikequeef payoff in the vain of Richard Solomon/Denis Green in 1995. You know that it had to be a cash payoff to the jury because they sure as hell couldn’t bribe the jury with an offer of season tickets. Who da hell would want them!

  21. conormacleod says: Mar 15, 2012 4:36 PM

    In an e-mail to the Star Tribune, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, “We will review the facts, but we do not expect league discipline in this matter.”

  22. 97tahoe says: Mar 15, 2012 4:37 PM

    I suspect he will return to the Vikings, he fills a very needed position on the field. I also suspect he will be on a very short leash. I hope this young man learned something from this experience.

  23. carryingweight says: Mar 15, 2012 4:41 PM

    At 6-2 200 lbs he should be saving his aggression for the field this guy has huge potential hopefully he pulls his head out.

  24. iluvbears says: Mar 15, 2012 4:45 PM

    cags777 says: Mar 15, 2012 3:53 PM

    All I can say is Chris Cook is a very, very luck person. Had this been anyone else, they would have been found guilty.
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    How do you know? Were you on the jury? Did you hear the testimony? Quit being an armchair QB and making statements that you possibly couldn’t know anything about.

  25. jabeus says: Mar 15, 2012 4:51 PM

    why are most of you swearing that this guy is a criminal that just got lucky or got off? Is it a race or jealously thing? What proof do you have that he got off? you were not there when it happened and the mere fact that the woman changed her story once makes me wonder what else she lied about. Most of us get in relationships we later regret

    Also, I would hope there would be no discipline from the league. unlike the Rothlisberger case, Cook wasn’t out in public,putting himself in a bad situation, acting like a fool. He was in an private residence and had altercation with his partner, and according to him it was self-defence, Big Ben can’t claim that

  26. jonny42671 says: Mar 15, 2012 4:52 PM

    If this was the Packers, he never would have missed a game. Only in Green Bay can a player hit his girlfriend and be playing the next day and a fan choke her own daughter because they lost.

  27. gromgrimfist says: Mar 15, 2012 4:59 PM

    Big Ben has already called up Cook and asked him if he wants to go clubbing

  28. petersonisthepurplejesus says: Mar 15, 2012 5:01 PM

    There is no excuse for hitting a woman…if the Vikings want to save face, they need to cut him immediately…I don’t care how bad our team is, we don’t need a woman abuser just because he’s developing into a solid corner….and if we want to get a stadium, public opinion won’t be very high if he’s on the team….

  29. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 15, 2012 5:13 PM

    If being acquitted of obstruction of justice makes Ray Lewis a murderer, what, then, is Chris Cook? I think he’s a war criminal, personally.

  30. purpleguy says: Mar 15, 2012 5:14 PM

    Ought to be interesting when he lines up opposite marshall when the Vikes play the Bears.

  31. gb4mn0 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:19 PM

    jonny42671 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 4:52 PM
    If this was the Packers, he never would have missed a game. Only in Green Bay can a player hit his girlfriend and be playing the next day and a fan choke her own daughter because they lost.

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    Was it your boyfriends idea to post the same banal comment 2 days in a row?

  32. jabeus says: Mar 15, 2012 5:25 PM

    petersonisthepurplejesus says: Mar 15, 2012 5:01 PM

    There is no excuse for hitting a woman…if the Vikings want to save face, they need to cut him immediately…I don’t care how bad our team is, we don’t need a woman abuser just because he’s developing into a solid corner….and if we want to get a stadium, public opinion won’t be very high if he’s on the team….
    …………………………………………………………………………yea remember that if you are ever being attacked and having stuff thrown at you…

    YOU CANNOT DEFEND YOURSELF!

    get real dude, doesn’t matter matter if it’s a man or woman, you have the right to defend yourself

  33. acmepacker says: Mar 15, 2012 5:33 PM

    jonny42671 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 4:52 PM
    If this was the Packers, he never would have missed a game. Only in Green Bay can a player hit his girlfriend and be playing the next day and a fan choke her own daughter because they lost.
    ********************
    Not the same at all, read the court report instead of some rag trying to sell a story. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good rant, though.

  34. gromgrimfist says: Mar 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    i want to know how vikings keep slipping through minnesota judicial system Brian Mikinny Hits a bouncer in the head with a pipe gets off Cook obviously beats his gf gets off The love boat some of the strippers said they were forced to do sexual acts nothing done about we can keep going back through the years even ex vikings Carl Ellar drunk driving punches out cops nothing done about it I live here and am a fan but this is just stupid to let blatant criminal roam the streets cause there football players

  35. petersonisthepurplejesus says: Mar 15, 2012 6:03 PM

    Jabeus,
    Chris Cook is 6’2″, 215 lbs….get real dude, you think he has to defend himself against a tiny woman…especially to the point where she has a perforated ear drum and a popped blood vessel in her eye….I’ve been attacked by an ex gf, and I just restrained her, no need to hit or choke…unless she’s got a weapon, “self defense” isn’t an option…and we all know he got off bc he’s an NFL player…anyone else would be seein jail time…

  36. vikefan says: Mar 15, 2012 9:37 PM

    Chris Cook is 6’2″, 215 lbs….get real dude, you think he has to defend himself against a tiny woman…especially to the point where she has a perforated ear drum and a popped blood vessel in her eye….I’ve been attacked by an ex gf, and I just restrained her, no need to hit or choke…unless she’s got a weapon, “self defense” isn’t an option…and we all know he got off bc he’s an NFL player…anyone else would be seein jail time…
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    ……he did when he was arrested!

    the only other person involved/in the same room was the claimed victim YET she changed her story several times, once a liar always a liar and u have lost all credibility!!

    i dont approve of what cook did but in the court of law he is legally not guilty. that does not mean hes not a jerk, bad decision maker, or whatever, but he was in a bad situation trying to protect himself against a victim that had multiple changing versions of the incident.

    no way can he be legally charged with anything.

    ps. prosecuting attourney had a chance to plea case down and refused, if there is anyone to blame, it would be prosecutors going gung ho and not wanting to accept lesser charge plea deal.

  37. carryingweight says: Mar 16, 2012 1:12 AM

    Slapaho

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