Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook faces jail after he was arrested for allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend in an assault at the weekend that left her with a bloody nose and neck injuries.
Cook was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation. If convicted he could face up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The 24-year-old was arrested early Saturday and remained in custody as of early Tuesday afternoon.
According to the complaint, Cook was upset early Saturday when he discovered his girlfriend of 10 months had spoken to a former boyfriend.
The woman told police Cook threw her on the bed at his home, got on top of her and grabbed her neck with his open hand, hindering her ability to breathe.
She said she freed herself by grabbing Cook’s hair, and the player then struck her in the ear with a blow that pushed her into the wall, the complaint said.
As the woman ran to the living room, Cook allegedly grabbed her neck again and squeezed it.
The complaint said police arrived to find the woman with a bloody nose, marks on her neck and hemorrhaging in her eye that is consistent with strangulation.
Earlier this year, Cook was found not guilty of brandishing a firearm after he allegedly pulled a gun on a neighbour in his home state of Virginia.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is reviewing the matter.