August 5, 2010; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Chris Cook carries a veterans pads following practice at Blakeslee Field at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Cook Found Not Guilty; Will Not Be Suspended By League

The Chris Cook assault trial is over and the Viking cornerback has been found not guilty on all counts. I guess the jury bought Cook’s self-defense bit. Cook’s girlfriend Chantel Baker accused him of choking and punching her during an October altercation. Cook swore all along that Baker attacked him first, forcing him to stand up for himself. The scuffle left Baker with a perforated ear drum. During the trial we learned how the fight began. Baker and Cook went out to a strip club and Cook bought himself a private dance. This annoyed Baker so she started texting an old boyfriend. They argued. Cook said Baker attacked him from behind.

Reality TV stuff all around. Now this sad episode is over as far as the Vikings are concerned. The league will still likely suspend Cook under the personal conduct policy but that seems mild given the jail time Cook would’ve seen if found guilty. We’ll see how the Vikings now proceed in their efforts to rebuild their secondary. The team was in a holding pattern with Cook, but now that Cook’s fate is known, they can move on with more clarity. One way or another, they will be drafting at least one corner next month. I would draft at least two.

Update: The NFL says it will review the Chris Cook case but does NOT expect to impose discipline on the cornerback. Cook has been exonerated by the legal system and will not face league sanction. Moving along…

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