Vikings CB Cook not guilty on assault charge

Posted March 15, 2012 @ 3:38 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Vikings CB Chris Cook was found not guilty on all four counts at his domestic assault case in Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon. The jury took one day to make a decision.

Cook was charged with striking and choking his girlfriend last October in Virginia after finding out she had sent a text message to an ex-boyfriend. The cornerback denied trying to choke her and claimed hitting her was self defense and that the female had been drunk when the incident took place.

A second-round pick of the team in 2010, Cook has played in 12 career games with eight starts. He was suspended indefinitely by the team following his arrest last October.

The Vikings released the following statement on the verdict: "We respect the legal process and the decision regarding Chris Cook. We have also thoroughly considered Chris' situation and how he has approached this matter. We will meet with Chris in the near future and believe he deserves the opportunity to rejoin our organization."