MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The criminal complaint against Minnesota Vikings CB Chris Cook has been amended to add another felony charge for the alleged choking incident from October.

Cook, who was already charged with domestic assault by strangulation, for allegedly choking his girlfriend during an argument now faces an additional charge of third-degree assault.

According to the complaint, Cook’s girlfriend reported she suffered a perforated ear drum as a result of the assault and now has hearing loss because of it.

The woman told police the incident occurred on Oct. 22 because 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, according to charges.

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 at Cook’s Eden Prairie home, they observed marks on the woman’s neck and hemorrhaging in the woman’s eye which is consistent with strangulation.

Cook, 24, is scheduled to appear in court this week. The Vikings have placed Cook on an indefinite paid leave from the team.

Comments (20)
  1. rayjay says:

    Paid leave???? Get rid of the goon. Make these arogant, ignorant idiots pay. Prison Time. Of course thats if he is guilkty. LOL

    1. rottdogge says:

      Agree completely. Took the words write off my keyboard.

  2. weary of football says:

    It would be a pleasant change for the NFL to return to focusing on the game played by dedicated athletes. They still stand out on the football field, and give back to the Fans. As for the Gangsters, get rid of them all together, or trade them to Philly.

  3. There's the problem! says:

    He probably would not have done this had there been a new stadium.


    Take your arrogance and greed with you.

    1. Ace says:

      I love your comment, I agree 100%

    2. Go Vikings; no really, please go says:

      He’s just trying to prove that a Viking CAN beat somebody. Worthless player for a worthless team.

      1. Todd says:

        Hey the Vikings lead the NFL… in arrests… but hey,they are still leaders! How about we put the stadium inside the Stillwater penitentiary instead?

  4. Just saying says:

    His attorney should probably advise him that it would be a good idea for him to not show up for court looking like a thug.

  5. Jay says:

    So this is what a professional football player looks like..hmm looks more like some poor homeless guy! Evidently, they arent paid enough to dress nice.

  6. deidre says:

    She shoulda left the PO-lice out of this. Just axin for trouble.

  7. mj5150 says:

    While I personally believe he is probably guilty- I understand that in some cases people are wrongly accused or fabricate stories-THAT is why I believe the Vikings are waiting to see what happens before cutting him

  8. fed up says:


    1. rottdogge says:

      Not a bad idea

  9. Paid Leave?? wjhat a joke says:

    PAID LEAVE? why in the world does he need to be on Paid leave for? give that money to the Womens Shelter if you must throw it away!!

    1. Debby says:

      I agree!! This you-know-what should NOT be getting paid…he should be rotting in jail. Is this what we have for athletes now???

  10. Shawn says:

    Cook will love it up the tail pipe and strangulation in Prison

  11. NAI says:

    Why in the world would the Vikings pay this man? This is crazy!

  12. Kirk Allen Larson says:

    “If 75 percent of the world is covered by water and the rest is covered by Fed Smoot, what’s left for Chris Cook to Strangle?”

  13. Mad Dog says:

    Hopefully he’ll be back on the field soon. The Vikingws need him so they have a better chance of winning. Football players are above the law. Just look at OJ & Ray Lewis to name a few. If he don’t get off he should kill his lawyer.

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