Will Yoder
Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

Chris Cook of the Minnesota Vikings reportedly plans to claim self-defense in response to two felony charges he faces after an altercation with his girlfriend, according to Fox Sports.

Cook was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault after a criminal complaint said the 24-year-old attempted to attack his girlfriend Oct. 22.  According to Cook’s attorney, the alleged victim has retracted her statements that claimed the strangulation occurred.  The prosecution, however, still plans to pursue both charges.

Cook’s trial date is set for March 5. The Minnesota Vikings initially suspended Cook for two-weeks after news broke of the alleged incident.  While he has been officially reinstated by the Vikings, he has yet to practice or play with the team.

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