Witness identified in Viking's alleged domestic assault

A roommate of suspended Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was in their Eden Prairie townhouse at the time Cook is alleged to have assaulted his girlfriend.
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A roommate of suspended Vikings cornerback Chris Cook was in their Eden Prairie townhouse at the time Cook is alleged to have assaulted his girlfriend.

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