MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been charged with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend early Saturday morning.

The Hennepin County Attorney charged 24-year-old Cook with one count of domestic assault by strangulation.

Police were called to Cook’s Eden Prairie townhouse on the 6400 block of Regency Lane just before 2 a.m. Saturday. Police said a neighbor called 911 after hearing yelling and screaming coming from Cook’s home.

According to the criminal complaint, when police arrived they found a woman sitting on the living room floor. She was holding her head with her hand and her nose was bleeding.

The woman told police that she had been assaulted and strangled by her boyfriend of 10 months, identified as Cook.

“She was strangled not once but twice,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “The fingerprints on her neck, and interestingly enough, were one on this side, and several on the other side which fits with the hand.”

According to the complaint, the woman told police that Cook was upset with her for contacting an ex-boyfriend. He threw the woman on a bed and grabbed her neck with an open hand, making it difficult for her to breathe.

She was able to get free by pulling Cook’s hair but when she stood up, Cook hit her in the ear, causing her to hit the wall, according to the complaint.

Cook then followed her and again squeezed her neck with his hand. When police arrived, they observed marks on the woman’s neck and hemorrhaging in the woman’s eye which is consistent with strangulation.

Cook posted bond and was released from jail on Tuesday afternoon. His next court appearance in scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Hennepin County Court.

“Mr. Cook will be prosecuted just like any other person committing this crime,” said Freeman. “He received the same bail, and he’s looking at the same sentence any other individual would.”

If convicted of the felony, Cook faces up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Cook missed the Vikings loss to Green Bay while in jail.

“He’s upset that he’s sitting there,” said attorney David Valentini before Cook was released. “He’s upset he missed the game, and he’s upset about the whole incident.”

When asked if Cook is remorseful, the attorney said, “of course he is.”

Cook avoided reporters’ questions when he was released from jail Tuesday afternoon, but he did post a message on Twitter, saying “There’s always two sides to a story!!” He also posted another tweet, apologizing to the fans.

Comments (50)
  1. Mary S says:

    He deserves prison time. Let’s all hope he doesn’t get away with it just because he is a Viking. Domestic abuse is NEVER acceptable.

    1. JC says:

      Actually, you nor I are the judge. He is charged, not found Guilty. This will be plea bargined down and not be a felony.

      Too Manty people pass judgement before the trail.

      1. No kiddin' there JC says:

        Yep they do and I am one of them.
        Give him the 3 years Today – frick any trial. He’s a POS from the get-go

  2. No more no more no more says:

    I don’t think he is going to be a Viking for much longer not after that.

    1. Get educated says:

      You are crazy! Comparing a football team owner to Saddam…. you are nuts!

      1. History professor says:

        They are exactly the same in many respects. Is your lunch break over? Better get back on the forklift son.

        1. Blue Callor with a Doctorate says:

          Hey professor, wasn’t Chris Cook one of your students? Nice job.
          Well break is over and back to my fork lift, so glad I got my BA in history so I could get some decent work.



    1. Get rid of the 'boy' says:

      I love the quotes on Strib.com… “he’s upset that he’s in jail, he’s upset he missed the game”, nothing about he feels bad he put his hand on a woman, he feels bad he attempted murder.

      It’s always me, me, me with these thugs.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        There is no evidence he attempted murder. Very emotional, but simply not what the situation is here. And you finish it off with a racial slur. Very classy, sir.

  4. Joe Rubin says:

    Does it make you feel like a BIG MAN, Cook?? Putting hands on a woman. Dude… all you had to do was tell her to leave or walk away yourself for the night and I’m sure you could have found another girl without a problem.

    A very very very bad career ending move, son. Do something in haste and repent in leisure.

  5. Anna says:

    So it wasn’t just a “misunderstanding”?? I love the way it was reported about how it all would be cleared up Monday since it wasn’t an issue!
    Sad and we want these kind of players in our community ?? WHY?????

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Players? I’m guessing you aren’t aware there were over a dozen OTHER domestic assault situations that same day. Do you want those kinds of “players” in your community, but not the ones who play sports? What is it you’re suggesting, Anna?

  6. BMW says:

    Wow… what a sweet guy : – /

  7. steve says:

    what a piece of garbage

  8. Nikki says:

    Wow, hopefully he’ll get some help because he obviously has anger issues. Hopefully this young woman is ok if she had that kind of trauma (both physical & mental).

    And really? ‘Porch Monkeys’? People are such idiots.

  9. just sayin says:

    oops… meant not just his chicken either!

    1. Jim says:

      @ just stupid. There you go again, imbecile.

  10. MN Losers says:

    That’s too bad. Funny that she didn’t want to press charges. Too bad about the Hennepin County domestic violence laws too. Whether or not he did something and even if the ho says it didn’t happen, it’s now Hennepin County vs him. All arguments have two side and let’s see the evidence before we judge. I write off the other comments here as simpletons whith poor impulse control. Same thing you are accusing Mr. Cook with. MN dumb and over reacters that can’t handle change or challenge.

    1. jan says:

      What do you want to bet that she was either threatened or paid off to not press charges?
      There you go again WCCO. I have not posted any comment for five hours and you tell me to slow down and I am posting too fast? You did this yesterday too and I had not posted for 24 hours.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Well, Jan, what do YOU want to bet? That’s a serious allegation you’re making. Are you going to substantiate it or not?

    2. tan pup says:

      I would love to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, however, as it so happens stats are against him. How many times is it a misunderstanding and then the woman ends up dead. I guess that would be a misunderstanding too. If he is so in the right, perhaps he should have thought twice about getting into an altercation with his girlfriend and walk away before “she pushes his buttons” and becomes a misunderstanding. She didn’t press charges because he probably threatened her once before. Again based on valid stats – it’s always the way it goes. As far as the woman is concerned, she should be sentenced to major counseling so she doesn’t end up another part of a statistic report and learn that abuse, no matter what form, is not part of love.

      1. Black Dog says:

        You’re making generalizations here. Do you have any answers to your questions or is this pure supposition? You are dangerous my friend. Wait until the trial. You are not a judge and have no right to pass advice.

    3. marge says:

      Being that you’re calling her a “ho,” it seems you’ve already made your mind up too. Hypocrite.

    4. barge says:

      I write off this comment based on the fact that you have no argument and no idea how to form a sentence.

    5. CS says:

      Are you aware why those laws are put in place? Domestic violence use to be a “behind doors” issue that was dealt with in the home between domestic partners. It wasn’t until people ended up killed or victims of more violence that now domestic violence laws moved out of the home and into the hands of the state. The state is defending people who might not have a voice (children, the frightened, emotionally damaged, etc.). Many who are victims of domestic violence do not want to press charges due to fear. Fear of retaliation, fear of abandonment, fear of embarrassment, etc. These laws help protect other people. Who cares if the victim does not want to press charges. Many people do not want to press charges and end up severely hurt, mentally damaged, or dead. These laws are necessary, not “too bad.”

  11. oNiSaC says:

    Lets wait and see befor we throw him under the bus. He should have his day in court, and his side of this story.I know we all like to judge others and ruin their live. But it isn’t our concern to pass judgement. Seriously put yourself in Chris’s shoes,. Nobody has heard his side of this story, not even one word.

  12. nb says:

    why does ‘cco show his picture like its a negitive?? weird

  13. zippy w says:


  14. mel says:

    Evidence should be pretty easy to find; are those his fingerprints on her neck? It’s either his or her own. Thankfully he didn’t succeed in his efforts.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You cannot take fingerprints from skin impact. Come on…

  15. Judy says:

    Just watch this woman will take this abuser back! IF she had an ounce of sense, shed put a lot of distance between herself and him and DONT look back. Guess thats too much to hope for though. Next time she may not be so lucky. The guy has some serious problems.

  16. Hover Parents says:

    Chris was acquitted before, probably will be again. It’s easy to rush judgement and hate. Why the negative slant? If it was someone like Chad Hartmann cco would have pictures of him handing out flowers to old ladies and children. 347 people were taken into custody for similar or mroe serious charges last weekend. Go to the jail roster for yourself and look. Why don’t we have their names or their company names on the news? Why so much control over this guys fate? Hover parents with too much time? Kids in college now?

    1. marge says:

      He’s getting more attention because he’s a high profile person who signed a contract stating that he is held to a higher standard of personal conduct as a Viking.

      1. D says:

        You’re an imbecile!

      2. marge says:

        You’re right, troll. It is totally unreasonable that the media would pay attention to a local celebrity accused of a violent crime.

        It’s deliciously appropriate that you chose the name of one of pop culture’s most famous idiots.

        1. your mom says:

          Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet. Why is MN so full of racist, ignorant, passive aggressive, misogynistic, freeks?

      3. abcde says:

        Why the negative slant?

    2. Cook is not a Man says:

      really – acquitted before, of what?? This male (can not call him a Man) should not have any press, none what so ever. Just let him sit in jail, go to court and get what ever he has coming. If we can not give him his due his maker will and that is all we have to worry about, and he should too. He is a low life that will get his.

  17. really? says:

    waste the MFer like Gadafi
    my votes in

  18. TW says:

    Tell me again how much money he is paid? Zippy should fire his butt and add that to the cost of the stadium he needs to pay 100% of.

  19. tom says:

    sned the hood rate to jail, then let him live in the hood, he doesn’t belong in society

  20. Todd says:

    Hey leave Cook alone, this single act of his just put the Vikings in the lead… for the most arrests on a team in the NFL in the last 11 years. (per WCCO this morning).

  21. TL the alligator says:

    …this loser deserves to lose his job with the vikings and go back to loserville where all the other losers abide….hes a POS and belongs in prison.

  22. STACY says:


  23. moneytalks says:

    Regardless of what happened or didnt happen and regardless of the outcome, who wants to bet the Vikings drop him anyways to drop the associated bad press and to push forward with the stadium?

  24. zee the reporter says:

    I hope he gets back on track he is a good player!

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