MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Just hours after Minnesota Vikings player Chris Cook posted $40,000 bail and was released from the Hennepin County Jail, the Vikings announced he has been suspended without pay.

Cook, 24, was arrested by Eden Prairie Police early Saturday morning at his home after neighbors heard screaming and arguing coming from his home.

He was taken into custody and later charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and domestic abuse. Cook spent the weekend in jail and didn’t play in the Vikings 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The Vikings released a statement on the incident Tuesday night.

“Today’s allegations against Chris Cook are very disturbing and disappointing. At this time he is suspended without pay from the team while we continue to gather information regarding the situation. We will have no further comment until the appropriate time,” the statement reads.

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.

Comments (36)
  1. lovevikes says:

    Good for the Vikes… the puke should be in prison

  2. April Olson says:

    He should be charged with attempted murder as well as the felony assault charge.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You have to try to kill someone to earn that charge. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, why comment?

      1. flanders says:

        Trying to choke someone is not attempted murder? Was he trying to choke her back to life?

      2. Max says:

        Twice he allegedly stopped the flow of air in her throat. If she had not fought him off you would have suffocated. The vessels in her eyes where ruptured from the force of the strangulation. What do you think his intent was?

        1. Max says:

          Twice he allegedly stopped the flow of air in her throat. If she had not fought him off she would have suffocated. The vessels in her eyes where ruptured from the force of the strangulation. What do you think his intent was?

  3. Walter says:

    Now they have more money to pay for their own damn stadium.

  4. mb says:

    Suspending him until further notice is a GREAT message.sent from the Viking administration.

  5. Bill says:

    Suspended without pay …

    Who wants to bet that this high payed genius is completely broke after missing just 1 paycheck?

  6. Russ says:

    Minnesota suspends Vikings without pay.

  7. Roscoe says:

    Well what does this woman expect? She should NOT have been contacting her ex-boyfriend in the first place. Her fault.

    1. red says:

      Agreed on why in the heck she was contacting her ex but there is no excuse in the world for man to strangle a woman

    2. Bil says:

      Why shouldn’t she have contacted her ex. Not every one is on bad terms with their ex, and besides a real man wouldn’t be bothered by such a thing, to condone his actions makes you the same type of man as Chris Cook.

    3. Ted says:

      Exactly, but to be fair he is partially to blame for putting a phone in the kitchen.

    4. @Roscoe says:

      Your just as big a PUKE as he is!

  8. NICE HAIR !! D-BAG !! says:


    1. dphilips says:

      whats wrong with long hair? Better than being a skinhead

  9. dphilips says:

    Typical Minnesota racist comments

    1. Mike says:

      Like yours is any better. Just because some one is a skin head you assume they are racist. Does that mean Black Skin heads hate themselves?

    2. MJ says:

      dphil, nice, you make an assumption..and it makes YOU look like a racist….

      1. Welfare reform says:

        MJ, you’re a coward who hides behind a keyboard while collecting state money. Get busy ans stop being a clown.

        1. mj says:

          whatever welfare nazi

  10. Max says:

    Her color has nothing to do with it you racist. And as to what kind of women she is- what are you trying to imply? Yet another minnesota racist misogynistic pig. What is the differences between you and Chris Cook? He got locked up and you unfortunately are running free.

  11. JC says:

    And perhaps you also Max, for your name calling….

  12. Betty LaRue says:

    If the Vikings take this man (?) back we will really know what they stand for. Why would we support behavior like this in MInnesota? It is not something to negotiate.

  13. joe says:

    Good Job Vikes! Better job to Green Bay Pakers for beating the Vikes. Instead of building a stadium, let’s build more prisons to put these pukes away.

  14. Sally says:

    Lets just fire the dirtball.

  15. Buggy says:

    Gang Banger Wanna Be — Hopefully she’s not going to be his Baby Mama

  16. Deep Thinker says:

    I got a feeling that not to many woman want to lead you around. I bet most find you a bit ugly.

  17. Icky says:

    I don’t understand how the Viking Organization can up with all this B.S. He should be gone, fired. How they can put up with this type of behavior. Remember he does a history w/police already. This is just so over the top! Get rid of this jerk. Please.

  18. Dennie Green says:

    Why can’t he play that hard against the Packers?

  19. zippy w says:

    Zippy can take this money and build zippy ville!!

  20. Me says:

    I iwsh the NFL and other sports would really consider who they draft. Do background checks. I love football and the Vikes, but they are so hard to like right now!! They are the number one NFL team with arrests… I hate cheering for srumbags. Hold these people accountable! They should all be respected role models for youth. Not getting arrested all the time.

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