CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Johnny Knox #13 of the Chicago Bears goes up for the pass in the end zone as Chris Cook #31 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks up the play at Soldier Field on October 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Vikings Cornerback Chris Cook Ready To Return With New Mindset

Chris Cook wasn't released by the Minnesota Vikings after being arrested -- and later acquitted -- on felony assault charges last season. The cornerback has vowed to return with a new mindset for the upcoming year.

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Minnesota Vikings Say Chris Cook Deserves To Stay With Organization After Acquittal

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook received good news on Thursday when he was acquitted of all charges after a two week trial for domestic abuse, a charge that had kept him off the team for part of 2011 on a suspended with pay basis.

The question is if the 25 year old talented CB will be able to quickly get back into football with the Vikings after tough allegations and lots of missed play time. The Vikings appear to be completely ready to welcome him back into the organization after the debacle though.

"We respect the legal process and the decision regarding Chris Cook," the Vikings said in a statement. "We have also thoroughly considered Chris' situation and how he has approached this matter. We will meet with Chris in the near future and believe he deserves the opportunity to rejoin our organization."

There is no question that Cook getting back onto the field is going to be a huge boost to the Vikings play, there's a reason they signed him to a four year contract after drafting him in the second round in 2010. Hopefully for Minnesota, the domestic abuse trial will be the last problem that they have to endure with Cook. This was his second issue after allegedly brandishing a handgun in March 2011, but those charges were also dropped.

The NFL does not expect to punish Cook for anything related to the domestic abuse debacle.

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Chris Cook Will Claim Self-Defense In Felony Domestic Assault Case

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook has decided that he will claim that the charges of felony domestic assault and third-degree assault were due to self defense when the cases are officially brought to court. The charges stem from an altercation with his girlfriend the night of Oct. 21.

Cook's defense attorneys will file motions to dismiss the charges officially on Jan. 12, according to a report from the Star Tribune, because the victim has apparently changed her story. The motions will be needed because the case's judge turned down their request to dismiss the charges during a court appearance on Tuesday.

During the court appearance, Valentini asked whether prosecutors will dismiss the felony domestic assault charge since the alleged victim has supposdly recanted the strangulation. Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Sarah Hilleren replied that neither charge will be dismissed. Hilleren said afterward that she could not confirm or deny whether the woman recanted to pollice any part of her version of events.

A trial is currently scheduled to begin on March 5, but Christopher Gates suggests that the Vikings cut ties with the troubled cornerback long before this case is that far into the process.

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Chris Cook Arrested: Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Suspended Indefinitely By Minnesota Vikings

Cornerback Chris Cook has been suspended indefinitely by the Minnesota Vikings after he was charged with felony assault. Cook was charged on Tuesday with felony domestic assault by strangulation in an incident with his girlfriend that left her bloodied:

The team issued a statement late Tuesday announcing the suspension and describing the allegations as "very disturbing and disappointing" but declined to comment further "until the appropriate time."

Cook is suspended without pay and has been released on $40,000 bail. He is facing up to 3 years in jail and a $5,000 fine, while state guidelines call for a year and a day in jail. Cook has been the Vikings' best cornerback so far on the season, but he missed Sunday's game while in jail for the incident that occurred early on Saturday. The penalty for strangulation was upgraded to a felony by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2005, and as a result Cook is facing a much stiffer penalty.

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Chris Cook Could Face NFL Suspension After Vikings CB Charged With Felony

Chris Cook was officially charged with felony domestic assault on Tuesday afternoon. The Minnesota Vikings cornerback took to Twitter shortly after being released from the justice system's shackles, apologizing to everyone he could think of, but it sounds like there's still a chance the NFL might decide to suspend him for the incident.

It was the second incident Cook's been involved in over the past year -- the first being a gun incident early in the offseason. That is a huge issue, especially under the watchful eye of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, as the Star Tribune's Paul Walsh reported earlier Tuesday

Regardless of what happens with the legal proceedings, Cook is almost certain to face punishment from the NFL for being in violation of the league's personal conduct policy. Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, told the Star Tribune that the league is reviewing the matter with Cook but declined to discuss a timetable for a resolution.

In part, the league's personal conduct policy reads: "It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the League is based, and is lawful. Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime."

When the time comes for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to issue a ruling on Cook, they will consider everything from fines to suspension to a potential probationary period.

This certainly isn't a good look for anyone involved in the incident. If Cook is guilty of the crimes he's being alleged to have committed, however, no one should be upset if Cook has the book thrown at him.

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