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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) — Jailed Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook may have to spend another night behind bars.
After being arrested for alleged domestic assault, including a possible felony charge for strangulation, Cook was due in court Monday. However, that court appearance, previously scheduled for 8:15 a.m., appears to have been canceled.
Cook was arrested early Saturday morning — on the eve of the border battle between the Vikings and their biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers.
Police were called to Cook’s Eden Prairie townhouse on the 6400 block of Regency Lane just before 2 a.m. Police said a neighbor called 911 after hearing yelling and screaming coming from Cook’s home.
Police later arrested Cook on suspicion of domestic assault.
The victim was allegedly Cook’s girlfriend. But a man who answered the door at his townhouse and identified himself as Cook’s best friend said the incident was a misunderstanding and will be cleared up soon. He also said Cook’s girlfriend does not want to press charges.
Cook could face charges of domestic assault by strangulation, which is a felony, and fifth-degree domestic assault.
The Vikings had no comment on the incident, but released a statement on Saturday saying, “The Minnesota Vikings are aware of the incident involving Chris Cook. We take this matter very seriously and are still gathering all the details about the incident.”
Cook is in his second year with the Vikings, but Saturday’s incident is his third recorded run-in with the law. In 2008, he was charged with possession of marijuana. And on March 13, he was arrested and charged after an altercation with a neighbor, but was later cleared of any wrong-doing.
Cook, the team’s best player in pass coverage, was certainly missed on Sunday as the team fell to the undefeated Packers, 33-27.
Cook remains in custody.