BBAO: Chris Cook trial set to begin

We're Black and Blue All Over:

One of the key events of the Minnesota Vikings' offseason is taking place in a Minneapolis court room this week. The felony trial of cornerback Chris Cook, a talented player at a position of otherwise thin depth, began Monday with jury selection.

The Vikings have indicated the trial's outcome will determine Cook's future with the team. He hasn't played since being arrested Oct. 22 and ultimately charged with felony strangulation and third-degree assault after a domestic incident with his girlfriend.

Coverage here from Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune and Emily Gurnon of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. According to Gurnon, the trial could hinge on a conversation between Cook and his girlfriend in which she recanted accusations that he strangled her.

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