Tuesday was a big day for Chris Cook in his legal battle. During a court appearance, Cook’s lawyer David Valentini said that Cook plans to claim self-defense when his case finally comes to trial in March. Valentini also dropped a bit of a bombshell by saying that Cook’s accuser has withdrawn her claim that the Viking cornerback strangled her during their October 22 altercation.
I’m no great legal mind, but since the accuser has dropped the strangulation claim, that means the charge of felony strangulation against Cook is out the window. That leaves one felony assault charge standing against Cook. Which of course is still one too many.
When it comes to Cook’s status with the Vikings, nothing has changed. Cook has essentially been on unpaid leave since being reinstated from his brief suspension and figures to remain away from the team for the remainder of the season. And his future status remains just as cloudy as it was before.