Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has reportedly been charged with felony assault, according to ESPN. The 24-year-old allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend, an attempt which left her with a bloody nose as well as neck injuries.
Cook’s official charge is felony domestic assault by strangulation. He could potentially face up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. The Vikings cornerback was reportedly angry that his girlfriend of several months had spoken to an ex-boyfriend. Cook was arrested for the incident Saturday, he did not play this weekend in a 33-27 Vikings loss to the Green Bay Packers.
This is the second time Cook has had a run-in with law enforcement this year. The former second round pick was found not guilty this summer of pulling a firearm on a neighbor in Virginia, where Cook played his college ball. Last season, in six games for Minnesota, the former University of Virginia star collected 16 tackles. Through six games this season he has 17.