Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) is disqualified from the game for contact with an official during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Cook has taken blowing off the media to a higher level. It’s one thing to flee the locker room right after a game the way Cook did Sunday after his ejection, it’s another thing to blow off a mid-week media session after explicitly promising to speak to reporters.
But that’s exactly what Chris Cook has done. Per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer-Press:
"Tuesday night, Cook said he would talk to the media about the [ejection] incident during an open locker period at midday Wednesday. However, he did not make himself available then."
So Chris really doesn’t want to talk to reporters. Then why promise you’re going to talk to reporters? It’s almost like Chris Cook is a giant jerk who just says whatever he thinks will get him through the next minute.
Maybe Chris is worried he will lose his patience with reporters and start choking them. He does get chokey sometimes.
Look, I don’t really care what Chris Cook has to say about anything. He got ejected from a game, the team won anyway, now he’s going to be fined by the NFL. His blowing off the media is just another example of him acting like a weasel. So what? We’ve known for a long time the guy is a weasel.
The real issue isn’t Cook being a weasel, it’s Cook being a bad football player.
Cook looks even worse now that rookie Xavier Rhodes has emerged as a legit corner. Now teams are going to throw away from Rhodes, meaning Cook will have to bear down.
I think what we’re seeing here is the unraveling of Chris Cook’s NFL career. He was protected for awhile by the scheme and the players around him but now he’s being exposed as the mediocrity he truly is. This has 2011 Cedric Griffin written all over it.
Look at the bright side Chris: when you’re out of football, you won’t have to worry about pesky reporters asking you questions or fans ripping you on Twitter. Won’t that be nice?
Update: Chris Cook finally decided to talk to the media, after learning that he will be fined $26,000 by the NFL for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejection. Cook said during his chat with reporters, “Just frustrated with what happened in the game. I guarantee it won’t happen again.”
I take it all back. You’re a stand-up guy Chris.