Report: Some Vikings unhappy how Chris Cook handled
There are some players in the Minnesota Vikings locker room who are not happy with the way the organization and coach Leslie Frazier have handled cornerback Chris Cook, who has been put on leave with pay after facing charges of domestic assault.
Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN takes a close look at the situation and how players may believe different rules apply to different fools after left tackle Bryant McKinnie was released for being grossly out of shape and wide receiver Bernard Berrian was cut loose for not being a part of the program.
Now, Cook is a storyline the Vikings would rather not have as their 2-12 season approaches a screeching stop.
Cook was arrested Oct. 22 after he allegedly attempted to strangle his girlfriend. He served a brief two-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He’s been back on the 53-man roster since Nov. 7, collecting a check even though he has not played.
Per Zulgad, one source called the move “highly, highly” unpopular. Cook is being paid $23,824 to stay home, money that could help fund a legal defense. One key reason Zulgad lays out for why players is upset is the organization made behavior such an important thing after the Love Boat incident in 2005. Cook has drawn legal focus while McKinnie and Berrian didn’t do that.
The Vikings are reeling at the cornerback position and it remains to be seen how this one will play out. It might not be completely Frazier’s call, and that’s important to remember. The bottom line is people will be watching how the club handles Cook moving forward.
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