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    Berrian cut, Cook charged

    Tom Pelissero
    Oh, and obviously, yeah, I can confirm Bernard Berrian has been informed he will be waived. This was building for a while.

    Tom Pelissero
    The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has filed a felony domestic assault strangulation charge against Chris Cook.

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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has been charged with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend early Saturday morning.

    The Hennepin County Attorney charged 24-year-old Cook with one count of domestic assault by strangulation.

    Police were called to Cook’s Eden Prairie townhouse on the 6400 block of Regency Lane just before 2 a.m. Saturday. Police said a neighbor called 911 after hearing yelling and screaming coming from Cook’s home.

    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.

    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.

    If convicted of the felony, Cook faces up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

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    Tom Pelissero:

    By the way, if you're looking for a smoking gun with Bernard Berrian, it doesn't sound like there is one. Vikings just were sick of him.

    In other words, no repeat of the missed meetings. Attitude wore on people. Communication minimal. Didn't work hard. Just collecting a check.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    F.E Warren A.F.B Cheyenne,WY
    Not good for Chris Cook..Like i said i think he needs to be suspended by the NFL/Vikings for the rest of the season and go from there..He might even be done here..Facing 3 years in prison?? yikes..

    And Ryan Harris wont be signed right now either..Hopefully the open roster spot goes to the CFL WR we had

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    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have suspended cornerback Chris Cook indefinitely after he was charged Tuesday with trying to strangle his girlfriend, leaving her with a bloody nose and lip in an alleged attack that jeopardizes his status with the team.

    Cook was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

    The 24-year-old Cook was arrested early Saturday and released from custody Tuesday on $40,000 bail.

    "Today's allegations against Chris Cook are very disturbing and disappointing," the Vikings said in a statement Tuesday night. "At this time, he is suspended without pay from the team while we continue to gather information regarding the situation."

    Cook is barred from contact with the alleged victim and cannot leave Minnesota, which would prevent him from traveling with the Vikings to Sunday's game at Carolina.

    Cook has a court appearance set for Wednesday afternoon.

    According to the complaint, Cook became upset early Saturday when he found out his girlfriend of 10 months had spoken to an ex-boyfriend.

    The woman told police Cook threw her on the bed at his home near the team's suburban headquarters in Eden Prairie, got on top of her, and grabbed her neck with an open hand, constricting her ability to breathe.

    The complaint said the woman freed herself by grabbing Cook's hair, which he wears in shoulder-length dreadlocks. Cook then struck her in the ear, sending her crashing into a wall. As the woman ran to the living room, he grabbed her neck again and squeezed it.

    Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said at a news conference that Cook answered the door to the house and officers found the woman with a bloody nose and upper lip. She had marks on her neck and hemorrhaging in her eye, Freeman said, consistent with victims of strangulation. State guidelines call for a sentence of a year and a day, he said.

    Cook's attorney, David Valentini, told reporters his client was "of course" remorseful and "not happy" about the situation.

    "He's upset that he was sitting there. He's upset he missed the game. And he's upset for the whole incident," Valentini said.


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