Vikings’ Cook charged with felony domestic assault

Ian Taylor

Vikings defensive back Chris Cook was charged today with felony domestic assault after an incident in his Eden Prairie home, according to the Star Tribune. Cook is charged with allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

Cook, 24, was arrested at 2:10 a.m. Saturday morning at a townhome in 6400 block of Regency Lane after a neighbor reported yelling from across the street, according to police. Police found the woman sitting on the living room floor, crying and holding the right side of her head. Her nose was bleeding.

The police report stated that Cook’s girlfriend of 10 months said Cook struck her, swung her to a bed and choked her. Officers noted marks on the woman’s neck along with hemorrhaging in one eye that police said is consistent with strangulation.

Cook has been in jail since he was arrested and was in the process of meeting bail of $40,000 ahead of a court hearing Wednesday afternoon on a single count of domestic assault. County Attorney Mike Freeman is expected to discuss the case further during a news conference later today.

Cook’s attorney, David Valentini, decribed his client Tuesday afternoon as “not happy.”

He’s “upset he’s sitting [in jail],” Valentine said. “He’s upset he missed the game. He’s upset with the whole incident.”

When Valentini was asked whether Cook was remorseful about the incident, Valentine said, “Of course.”