Embattled Vikings DB Cook Acquitted Of Assaulting Girlfriend

Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 6:56 am

On Thursday, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was acquitted of all charges that he assaulted his girlfriend in October and said his next move is to get ready to play after missing most of last season.

Cook, 25, was charged with one count of domestic assault by strangulation and one count of third-degree assault, both felonies, after a fight with his then-girlfriend of 10 months, Chantel Baker. Cook said he acted in self-defense when the fight turned physical. The jury acquitted him of those charges as well as two misdemeanor domestic assault counts.

“I got a job to do,” Cook told the Associated Press. “I missed 10 games, I got to make up for that.”

Cook’s acquittal means he’ll probably be welcomed back to the Vikings team. The Vikes issued a statement saying in part: “We will meet with Chris in the near future and believe he deserves the opportunity to rejoin our organization.” It doesn’t appear likely that the NFL will suspend Cook either.

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