Not guilty verdict provides Cook with a chance

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 16, 2012 - 7:06 AM

The Vikings cornerback said he learned from his trial and vowed to control his actions in the future.

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jascotxMar. 16, 12 6:27 AM

I think I would feel a lot more anger towards Cook had Baker chosen to support the DA's case. Obviously an assault took place. But, it appears to have been more of a mutual assault/fight/whatever you want to call it. Young kids do really stupid stuff sometimes. And, I think that's what happened here on both accounts (Cook and Baker). If Baker feels justified in collecting a large portion of Cooks paycheck to change her testimony (assuming that's what happened), then I'm more apt to believe that may have been her true motivation in the first place.

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jascotxMar. 16, 12 6:33 AM

What's the bigger lesson here? Don't hit women....Don't attack a professional football player with a lamp when you are only 5-6 and a buck o five...Don't continue to prosecute a case when the sole victim doesn't press charges and recants her story.

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jascotxMar. 16, 12 6:34 AM

THE END. AND THEY ALL LIVED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FREE EVER AFTER.

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tjg2323Mar. 16, 12 6:47 AM

Welcome back Chris. We all learn life-lessons from time-to-time.

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eman2002Mar. 16, 12 6:55 AM

I'm wondering why she wasn't charged with assault. She started the physical violence. This is a fairly typical case of domestic abuse. The woman starts the violence and the man finishes it. Who's to blame? Probably both. A diversion and mandated couples counseling would have saved everybody a lot of time, money and heartache.

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knk3812Mar. 16, 12 8:11 AM

They are both, Baker & Cook,to blame for this incident. Why is it that physical violence is what people resort to resolve their differences. Baker threw the shoe & Cook slammed her into a wall causing her eardrum to burst. She backs off of her charges. Cook is welcomed back to football. All's absolutely fine until the next time.

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qwerty123Mar. 16, 12 8:12 AM

This isn't the first time this guy has been "involved" in violence. And it won't be the last. The Vikings will ultimately be sorry they allowed him back.

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shushyn78Mar. 16, 12 8:42 AM

Actions have consequences. My stepson got a DWI last year and has to blow in the breathalyzer to be allowed to drive to work. It drains your battery and totally screwed his life up and will for a whole year but at least he didn't kill someone. Remember that when you all celebrate St Paddys this weekend.

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mamazogMar. 16, 12 8:49 AM

qwerty123: With that kind of omniscience, you should buy a Powerball ticket today. "Adversity introduces a man to himself." It may not be original, but I like it.

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mtdavisMar. 16, 12 9:17 AM

In my mind he is guilty. And I think most people would agree. He did something really bad – he hurt someone.

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