Cook denies brandishing gun
- Blog Post by: Chip Scoggins
- March 13, 2011 - 11:31 PM
We had a chance to talk to Vikings cornerback Chris Cook earlier tonight about his arrest in Lynchburg, Va.
Cook confirmed a report by WSET-TV, but he disputed the claim that he brandished a gun during a verbal altercation with a neighbor.
“I wasn’t in any fight or nothing,” he said. “It was just an argument.”
According to his version of events, Cook said he was riding his bike near his home when a man who lives two houses down started screaming at him.
“You’re not going to scream at me like I’m your child so I screamed back at him,” Cook said. “He thought that I called the police on his brother for some reason. Why would I do that?”
Cook said the confrontation didn’t turn physical and that he did not brandish a gun. Cook said he does not know if he will be charged in the case.
Cook said he just received his license to carry a concealed weapon, but he denied pulling a gun on the man during their confrontation.
“He went downtown and told [the police] I pointed the gun at him,” Cook said.
Cook said he accompanied police to the station to fill out paperwork but that he did not spend time in jail.
“It’s just crazy,” Cook said. “I just have to deal with it the best way I can. I wish it didn’t happen. I wish I would have never got in an argument, but that’s what happened.”
There was some uncdertainty about whether Cook’s legal troubles would be subject to review by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the personal conduct policy because it happened during the lockout. The league and teams are prohibited from having contact with players during the work stoppage.
Cook can’t be punished during the lockout, but his case would be reviewed once the lockout is over, according to a league spokesman.
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