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Updated: March 13th, 2011 2:55pm
Report: Chris Cook arrested for brandishing handgun during fight

Report: Chris Cook arrested for brandishing handgun during fight

by Tom Pelissero
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For the second time since the season ended, a member of the Minnesota Vikings' 2010 draft class is making headlines for the wrong reason.

Cornerback Chris Cook was arrested around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in his hometown of Lynchburg, Va., for brandishing a handgun during a fight with another man, WSET-TV reported.

The alleged incident comes roughly six weeks after fourth-round draft pick Everson Griffen was arrested twice in three days for public intoxication and felony battery of a police officer.

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.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged at last month's NFL scouting combine that he spoke with Griffen -- who didn't end up facing a felony charge -- about the arrests and Griffen's plans to host a Super Bowl party in Las Vegas the following weekend.

"You don't want to see your players' names in the papers for negative situations," Frazier said then. "So, anytime it happens, it becomes a concern. Hopefully for us, that's something that's behind us. Hopefully."

No record of Cook could found on Sunday afternoon in Virginia's online inmate database, indicating he may have been released at the scene. Cook's agent, Hadley Engelhard, did not immediately respond to a text message and e-mail seeking comment.

The arrest alone normally would have made Cook subject to discipline under the NFL's personal-conduct policy. However, the lockout that began late Friday has left it unclear how the league will enforce the policy -- if at all -- for incidents that occur during the work stoppage.

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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