Monday, March 14, 2011
Chris Cook CB Minnesota Vikings
CB Chris Cook became the second player from the Minnesota Vikings 2010 draft class arrested this offseason, and became the first player arrested following the decertification and the lockout.
The arrest came when there was an alleged argument with a neighbor who lives 2 doors down from Cook. The former 2nd round selection than allegedly brandished a weapon which led to the arrest. Cook, who has apparently waived his right to remain silent, spoke on the matter denying a gun was ever pulled, but acknowledging an argument occurred. Cook said he was riding his bike around his neighborhood when two men started screaming at him accusing him of calling the police on their brother. Specifically, Cook said:
“I wasn’t in any fight or nothing,It was just an argument. You’re not going to scream at me like I’m your child so I screamed back at him, He thought that I called the police on his brother for some reason. Why would I do that? He went downtown and told [the police] I pointed the gun at him, It’s just crazy, I just have to deal with it the best way I can. I wish it didn’t happen. I wish I would have never got in an argument, but that’s what happened.”
In Virginia though, laws apparently are very different than laws in different states. All you have to do to get a charge against someone is sworn statement in front of a magistrate. And when you're arrested, you're charged. So officially Cook has been charged with brandishing a weapon with absolutely no evidence outside of the word of two people that had just argued with him.
Cook picked the perfect time to get arrested though, since the NFL players are locked out no players can be punished or suspended by the NFL. If the NFL were to try and punish Cook for this offense at a later date it would be very easy to overturn in court.