Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was charged by police Tuesday with attempting to strangle his girlfriend last weekend after he was arrested on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.
Cook, 24, was formally charged with felony domestic assault, which is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. Cook allegedly caused his girlfriend injury to her neck and a bloody nose.
Cook was arrested on Saturday and remained in custody Tuesday. He also did not play in the Vikings' 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The AP has the complaint, which alleges that Cook discovered his girlfriend of 10 months had been speaking to an ex-boyfriend and became violently upset. His girlfriend, who is only identified as Victim A, said in the complaint that Cook threw her on his bed, climbed on top of her and grabbed her neck.
Cook's girlfriend was choking, but she got out of Cook's hold by grabbing his hair, according to the complaint. Cook hit her ear, and she was knocked into a wall. She tried to run into the living room, but Cook grabbed her neck again.
When the police arrived, according to the complaint, Cook's girlfriend had a bloody nose, marks on her neck and hemorrhaging in her eye that suggested she had been strangled.
Greg Aiello, the NFL senior vice president of public relations, told the Star Tribune of Minnesota on Monday that the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell had not discussed any disciplinary action for Cook but would review his case.
This is not Cook's first brush with the law. In the offseason, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier talked with Cook about his off-field troubles. That stemmed from a charge earlier in the year of brandishing a firearm. Ultimately, Cook was found not guilty of pulling a gun on a neighbor.
Cook looked like he had been turning the corner until this incident. He consistently matched up with the opposing team's best wide receiver, and had 20 tackles and four passes defended in his second season in the NFL.