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Chris Cook arrested on domestic assault charges, likely to miss Sunday's game

Posted by: under Vikings, Packers, Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Tyrell Johnson Updated: October 22, 2011 - 5:02 PM

Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was arrested on two domestic assault charges and booked into the Hennepin County Jail early Saturday morning. Cook is being held without bail and will not appear in court until Monday morning, meaning he will almost certainly miss Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field.

The Vikings released a statement this morning: "The Minnesota Vikings are aware of the incident involving Chris Cook. We take this matter very seriously and are still gathering all the details of the incident. We will not have any further comment at this time."

Hennepin County jail records indicate Cook was arrested by Eden Prairie Police, booked at 4:06 a.m. and is being held without bail until his court appearance Monday at 8:15 a.m. The 24-year-old Cook is still in custody. And records show a description of one charge as "DOMESTIC ASSAULT-MISDEMEANOR-INTENTIONALLY INFLICTS/ATTEMPTS TO INFLICT BODILY HARM ON ANOTHER."

According to authorities, Eden Prairie Police responded to a call at 1:42 a.m. with reports of yelling and screaming and arrested Cook around 2:10 a.m.

In March, Cook was accused of pulling a gun on a neighbor during a verbal altercation while near his mother's home in Lynchburg, Va.

"It's just crazy," Cook said after that incident. "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."

Two months later, he was found not guilty when a judge determined there was insufficient evidence to confirm the accusation.

"It definitely will make me smarter about how I react to other people and what they say to me or what they try and do to me," Cook said then. "It just makes me more cautious about what I say or how I react to other people."

The Star Tribune continues to gather details on Cook's most recent arrest. A voice message has been left with Cook's agent.

News of Cook's transgression is troubling on multiple levels. As it relates to the Vikings' Sunday game with the Packers, it's yet another blow to the team's depleted secondary. Cornerback Antoine Winfield and safety Jamarca Sanford are already listed as doubtful with injuries. Add in Cook's likely absence and the Vikings will be left to face Green Bay's lethal passing attack with a starting secondary of corners Cedric Griffin and Asher Allen and safeties Husain Abdullah and Tyrell Johnson. Marcus Sherels would be the third cornerback. And rookie safety Mistral Raymond will likely be active for the first time this season as well.

(UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Cook has officially been ruled out for Sunday' s game, according to team spokesman Bob Hagan. An Eden Prairie Police spokesperson also has confirmed that Cook is being held on probable cause for domestic assault/strangulation, a felony-level offense. He also faces a charge of fifth-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor.)

 

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