Chris Cook to claim self-defense

Updated: November 22, 2011, 2:16 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook plans to claim self-defense as he fights charges stemming from an altercation with his girlfriend.

Attorney David Valentini said at a court hearing Tuesday that Cook would contest two felony charges, which include domestic assault by strangulation and third-degree assault. A criminal complaint said Cook attacked the woman Oct. 22 after she spoke to an ex-boyfriend.

Valentini says the alleged victim has recanted her allegation ...

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