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Vikings plan to welcome back Chris Cook

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After Chris Cook was charged with a pair of felonies arising from allegations that he tried to strangle his girlfriend, the Vikings didn’t fire him.  Now that he has been acquitted, the team plans to bring him back to work.

“We respect the legal process and the decision regarding Chris Cook,” the Vikings said in a statement not attributed to any one person.  (“I’m not signing it, you sign it. . . .  I’m not signing it, you sign it. . . .  Let’s get Mikey, he’ll sign anything.”)  “We have also thoroughly considered Chris’ situation and how he has approached this matter.  We will meet with Chris in the near future and believe he deserves the opportunity to rejoin our organization.”

The fact that the Vikings felt compelled to affirmatively state that Cook still has a job demonstrates the gravity with which the organization regarded the charges.   After Cook missed a regular-season game against the Packers due to the fact that he was, you know, in jail as a result of the charges, the Vikings suspended him without pay, caling the allegations “very disturbing and disappointing.”

The Vikings eventually put him back on the payroll, but Cook didn’t play again in 2011.  (Some members of the team were frustrated by the perception that Cook was getting a paid vacation as a reward for being arrested.)

If the Vikings were to now cut the 2010 second-round pick because they possibly believe that, while acquitted after advancing a tale of self-defense that ruptured an eardrum, Cook engaged in inappropriate conduct that makes him unfit to remain with the organization, some other team would sign Cook, like the 49ers (who signed Perrish Cox this week) or the Bengals (do we really need to explain?).

Then there’s the fact that the Vikings play in the same division as Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Jay Cutler.  And the Vikings already are weak at the cornerback position.

The strangest aspect of the statement is that the team felt compelled to tell the world that the Vikings will meet with Cooks at the same time the team explained that Cook deserves an opportunity to return.  It creates the impression that Cook perhaps wants to move on, and that the team fears he’ll respond in Goodfellas style, with “cut me” replacing “pay me.”  Even though they already paid him for most of the games he didn’t play in 2011.

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39 Responses to “Vikings plan to welcome back Chris Cook”
  1. trbowman says: Mar 15, 2012 5:45 PM

    Yeah, until he gets arrested again in a month

  2. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:46 PM

    I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to pay him for the rest of the season… That IS getting paid vacation for getting in trouble. But he’s a good prospect and he got off so lets give him another shot.. go ahead and hate.

  3. vikingsfanintexas says: Mar 15, 2012 5:46 PM

    Didn’t the Ravens have a linebacker brought to trial who ended up pleading guilty to lesser charges?

    If he deserves a second chance, so does someone actually found not guilty.

    Don’t let the PR base covering fool you… Cook will be on the field next year in Minnesota.

  4. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:50 PM

    First four paragraphs: yes. Last three paragraphs: speculation gone way too far.

    He’ll be back next year.

  5. dbellina says: Mar 15, 2012 5:50 PM

    “The Vikings already are weak at the cornerback position.”
    That is an understatement.

  6. contra74 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:53 PM

    trbowman says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:45 PM
    Yeah, until he gets arrested again in a month
    ——–
    Do not confuse Cook with the ex-Packer Johnny Jolly.

  7. gb4mn0 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:54 PM

    Of course they want Cook back. The vikequeefs will always have a roster spot for any player with an arrest record. Having the most players arrested along with losing the most Super Bowls and NFC Championship Games are the only league wide records the vikequeers hold.

  8. gromgrimfist says: Mar 15, 2012 5:58 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

  9. RDP says: Mar 15, 2012 5:58 PM

    I don’t know why you think he wants out. Simply saying they will meet with him about rejoining the team is clearly just referring to the fact that he was not around the team since the incident. If anything, the organization has been exceptionally accommodating and he should be nothing but happy about that.

  10. lbpackfan says: Mar 15, 2012 6:11 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:53 PM
    trbowman says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:45 PM
    Yeah, until he gets arrested again in a month
    ——–
    Do not confuse Cook with the ex-Packer Johnny Jolly.

    ——-

    Crickets …

  11. vike4life says: Mar 15, 2012 6:15 PM

    Good, now resign Cedric Griifin and move him to sSafety

  12. PurpleRaid18 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:16 PM

    I think you’re reading way to deep into this… Cook was found not guilty and he’ll return to the Vikings starting line-up. If the kid has his head on right this season, he may have a pro bowl year, he’s got the ability.

  13. ctattles says: Mar 15, 2012 6:20 PM

    It creates the impression that Cook perhaps wants to move on,

    ——————————

    How?? Isnt it normal for teams to meet with players that are returning from suspensions?

  14. vike4life says: Mar 15, 2012 6:22 PM

    As least we know we have one DB who can hit!

  15. kotapug says: Mar 15, 2012 6:23 PM

    @gromgrimfist

    McKinney’s arrest was not in MN .

    Have you ever seen a Packer get convicted ? Wrong state you are judging.

  16. puckdafackers says: Mar 15, 2012 6:24 PM

    great…

  17. jbvikes says: Mar 15, 2012 6:30 PM

    On the one hand, you can be pissed at the fact he got off and on the other hand you can put on the purple sunglasses and be glad he will be back because we are NOT sporting a lot of DB’s right now!

  18. mediasloppy says: Mar 15, 2012 6:32 PM

    It creates the impression that Cook perhaps wants to move on, and that the team fears he’ll respond in Goodfellas style, with “cut me” replacing “pay me.”
    —–
    That there is sloppy media conjecture at its finest.

  19. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 15, 2012 6:37 PM

    possibly 2 former vikings in that picture

  20. purpleguy says: Mar 15, 2012 6:38 PM

    Again, it will be interesting when he lines up opposite Marshall when they play the Bears.

  21. gromgrimfist says: Mar 15, 2012 6:43 PM

    McKinney also had an insident at the gas station on Washington after a game that he got into it with some fans and nothing happen there either

  22. contra74 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:44 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:54 PM
    Of course they want Cook back. The vikequeefs will always have a roster spot for any player with an arrest record. Having the most players arrested along with losing the most Super Bowls and NFC Championship Games are the only league wide records the vikequeers hold.
    —–
    Crickets…

  23. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 15, 2012 6:47 PM

    awwww, did that big, powerful girl hurt our weak, defenseless professional football player? It was awful… He had to fight back hard to save his life. Luckily, the jury believed him.

  24. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 15, 2012 6:56 PM

    This helps the Vikes big time. Maybe Clayborn in the draft and our D is looking a lot better all of a sudden.

  25. randomjim says: Mar 15, 2012 6:57 PM

    It’s hard to convict when the victim recants her testimony.
    I say see what you can get in a trade.

  26. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Mar 15, 2012 7:03 PM

    Gromgrimfist: Ever heard of PUNCTUATION?

  27. alldayvikings says: Mar 15, 2012 7:09 PM

    gb4mn0 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:54 PM

    Of course they want Cook back. The vikequeefs will always have a roster spot for any player with an arrest record. Having the most players arrested along with losing the most Super Bowls and NFC Championship Games are the only league wide records the vikequeers hold.

    Why do you bother reading Viking news? You always post and ramble on about nothing and I bet you laugh to yourself everytime you put “vikequeefs” thinking its the most hilarious thing ever. Do us a favor and just shut up!! Or just post on your packet threads.

  28. lombardihero says: Mar 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    I’m a Packer Fan and even if I was siting on that jury I have no choice but to acquit….

    How could you not, Um the Ex changes her story in front of the jury and recants her statements to the police. Tells jury she is really sorry she lied to them about how it all happened.

    Main wittiness is her and it’s not going so well for the prosecution after that.

    So what would a jury be able to determine? Nothing that is speculation you have to stick to the facts and the fact is she took the stand and told something different.

  29. joseywales1 says: Mar 15, 2012 9:28 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 5:54 PM
    Of course they want Cook back. The vikequeefs will always have a roster spot for any player with an arrest record. Having the most players arrested along with losing the most Super Bowls and NFC Championship Games are the only league wide records the vikequeers hold.

    —————————-

    That’s a perfect blend of homerism, stupidity, and total hypocrisy…….congrats!

    Eric Walden ring a bell? You know……..the Packer player who did the exact same thing Cook was accused of doing. But the difference is, those pure-as-the-driven-snow Packers of yours did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! He played the in the game the same week he was arrested.

    But of course, your standards only apply to the opposition!

  30. skolvikesskol says: Mar 15, 2012 10:04 PM

    Boooooooooooo!!!!!!

  31. vikefan says: Mar 15, 2012 10:17 PM

    Of course they want Cook back. The vikequeefs will always have a roster spot for any player with an arrest record. Having the most players arrested along with losing the most Super Bowls and NFC Championship Games are the only league wide records the vikequeers hold.
    ———————————————————
    LOL…..always gotta luv those poor closet vikings fans that live accross the border and constantly berade us in front of their friends to make themselves feel better, bigger, & inclusive in the state that prides itself in cheese & just lost their own competition to the swiss

    they must start teaching “berating other states” in kindergarten the way u constantly post on vikings info, if u gave as much time to the pack, u may actually become credible? LOL

  32. dcviking says: Mar 15, 2012 10:34 PM

    what i find hilarious is that the sconnie idiot can say viqueef all he wants, but I make a comment about is mom and it gets censored….

  33. truthserum4u says: Mar 16, 2012 2:10 AM

    PriorKnowledge says:Mar 15, 2012 6:47 PM

    awwww, did that big, powerful girl hurt our weak, defenseless professional football player? It was awful… He had to fight back hard to save his life. Luckily, the jury believed him.
    ——————————–

    Clubbing, emotional, volatile, arguing. She punched him, threw stuff at him and he admitted to wrongly having an instinctual reaction and slapped her. He said the ruptured eardrum came from her head hitting the nightstand as she fell.

    Not quite the same as fighting back.

    Besides her recanting the story, a credible witness did some damage on the strangling angle physical evidence the prosecution was presenting.

  34. indyseriesnick says: Mar 16, 2012 7:16 AM

    bring him back,
    but any wrongdoing, just cut him

  35. stellarperformance says: Mar 16, 2012 7:27 AM

    dcviking says: Mar 15, 2012 10:34 PM
    what i find hilarious is that the sconnie idiot can say viqueef all he wants, but I make a comment about is mom and it gets censored…
    ==================================

    It has nothing to do with your comments. They have secret idiot detection software programmed into this site and your name keeps coming up to the top of the list.

  36. dcviking says: Mar 16, 2012 8:09 AM

    stellarperformance says: Mar 16, 2012 7:27 AM

    dcviking says: Mar 15, 2012 10:34 PM
    what i find hilarious is that the sconnie idiot can say viqueef all he wants, but I make a comment about is mom and it gets censored…
    ==================================

    It has nothing to do with your comments. They have secret idiot detection software programmed into this site and your name keeps coming up to the top of the list.

    ==================================

    Hey, I guess his mom reads the site as well…

  37. ackattack22 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:49 AM

    To summarize…the guy takes his girlfriend (would-be fiancee) to a strip-club. She gets mad at him because she thinks the lap-dance he is getting is going on a bit too long. When they get home, she freaks out and throws a shoe and all hell breaks loose. That is certainly a situation I think we all can relate to. C’mon guys, think back to the the last time you took your girlfriend/fiancee/wife to a strip club to watch you get a lap-dance. She probably wasn’t too happy if the dance went on longer than usual. Regular timed lap-dances are fine, but once they go over the time limit, look out for flying shoes. Am I right?

  38. dukemarc says: Mar 16, 2012 10:42 AM

    Next season, Megatron, Greg Jennings and Brandon Marshall plan on welcoming Cook back as well – by running past him for Touchdowns over and over again.

  39. brewdogg says: Mar 16, 2012 11:09 AM

    dukemarc says: Mar 16, 2012 10:42 AM

    Next season, Megatron, Greg Jennings and Brandon Marshall plan on welcoming Cook back as well – by running past him for Touchdowns over and over again.
    ———————————————-

    remind them not to run by a nightstand as they go by

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