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Vikings’ Cook To Claim Self-Defense In Legal Case

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(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook plans to claim self-defense as he fights charges stemming from an altercation with his girlfriend.

Attorney David Valentini said at a court hearing Tuesday that Cook would contest two felony charges, which include domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault. A criminal complaint said Cook attacked the woman Oct. 22 after she spoke to an ex-boyfriend.

Valentini says the alleged victim has recanted her allegation that Cook tried to strangle her. Prosecutors say they intend to pursue both charges.

Cook has been reinstated by the Vikings after a two-week suspension, but he isn’t playing or practicing with the team.

Cook’s next hearing is Jan. 13, with a trial date set for March 5.

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