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Updated: March 14th, 2011 8:54am
Chris Cook confirms arrest, denies pulling gun during altercation

Chris Cook confirms arrest, denies pulling gun during altercation

by Tom Pelissero
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A day after his arrest, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook denied in multiple media interviews on Sunday that he was in a fight or brandished a gun.

Instead, Cook told reporters he had been riding his bike on Saturday in his hometown of Lynchburg, Va., when a neighbor began screaming and threatening to punch him.

"You're not going to scream at me like I'm your child, so I screamed back at him," Cook told the Star Tribune. "He thought that I called the police on his brother for some reason. Why would I do that?"

Cook said he recently received a permit to carry a concealed weapon but did not pull out the gun during the argument, which did not turn physical. His first court date is set for March 21.

Capt. Ryan Zuidema of the Lynchburg Police Department told the Pioneer Press that Cook faces misdemeanor firearm charges stemming from subject's complaint. In Virginia, an accuser can swear out a criminal warrant against another individual and the accused is charged instantly, without a district attorney first determining if there is evidence to support the charge.

"I thought I could be at my mom's house (for the offseason)," Cook told the Pioneer Press. "That's the thing about Virginia -- I could say something right now about somebody and they would go after them."

Cook, who was the Vikings' top pick (34th overall) in last year's draft out of Virginia, received a $2.3 million four-year contract he signed in July. His rookie season was short-circuited by two knee surgeries that limited him to 233 defensive snaps.

There were questions about Cook's work ethic and communication skills during the pre-draft process, but he had no known legal issues.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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