NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the case will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy, but Cook will continue to train and play with the team.
“We will continue to monitor developments, but there is no change to his status as this is a civil complaint,” McCarthy said.
Cook’s attorney David Valentini said on Tuesday that after the lawsuit was first reported by the Star Tribune, his client had a legal right to defend herself because the woman entered Cook’s home with a stolen garage door opener, hit him and sprayed the sledgehammer in his face. without provocation. Valentini said the woman and her lawyer were trying to extort Cook for “millions of dollars”.
During his weekly media availability on Wednesday, Cook declined to disclose further details, but again said it was he who was injured. He said he was not considering his own legal action but deferred any further comment to Valentini.
“I know the facts of the situation will come out and clear it all up,” Cook said.
A message Cook sent to the woman after the fight apologizing for her actions was included as evidence in the lawsuit filed in Dakota County District Court. She said she suffered a concussion, deep cuts to her face and other bruises. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $ 50,000 for allegations of assault, bodily harm and forcible confinement.
“I am a fairly private person. Just seeing my business on the social web isn’t ideal for me. I try to go that straight line but the bumps and bruises run through life and that’s how you deal with them, ”Cook said. “I have been through a lot of difficult things in my life, and I hold my head held high knowing that the truth will come out. I hate being a distraction for the team, but I know these guys are backing me 1000%. “
Since this is a civil complaint, Cook would not be likely to be put on the commissioner’s exemption list, paid leave used at the league’s discretion in criminal matters. Former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spent most of the 2014 season on the commissioner’s exemption list for the child abuse case he was involved in with his young son.
The Vikings play for the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend.
“I’m here to work and let my legal team take care of all legal matters. I manage what I can manage. I am where I am. to prepare for a game plan for the Chargers and just let the outside things handle the outside things, ”Cook said.
Coach Mike Zimmer said he was not concerned about Cook. He has plenty of other worries with the Vikings slumped to a record 3-5 and more COVID-19 is spreading throughout the team.
Zimmer said a vaccinated player he refused to identify was admitted to the emergency room on Tuesday due to respiratory problems linked to COVID-19 and remained hospitalized on Wednesday.
“He’s stable now. But it was scary, ”Zimmer said.
Zimmer said 29 people with the Vikings, including himself, were undergoing close contact testing on Wednesday. The squad currently has five players on the COVID-19 reserve roster: goaltender Harrison Smith, center Garrett Bradbury, backup goalie Dakota Dozier, backup linebacker Ryan Connelly and practice squad offensive lineman. Timon Parris.
Smith, Bradbury and Dozier had to spend the last game in Baltimore. Smith, who is not vaccinated, was also excluded from the game on Sunday. NFL protocols for unvaccinated players who test positive require a minimum 10-day isolation.