NFL fines Vikings' Cook for touching official
The NFL on Wednesday fined Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook $26,250 for making contact with an official in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Cook had complained to an official after failing to stop Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on a play. Cook then made physical contact with the same official, prompting him to be ejected.
Cook told the Pioneer Press that he regretted his actions.
“I kind of touched his arm,” Cook told the newspaper. “I just got up and said, ‘That was bull,’ about the play two plays before. But I can’t do anything about the calls they make during the game. I’ve just got to be a man about it and move on to the next play. I let my emotions get the best of me. I know I can’t react like that, especially towards an official.”
Cook said he talked with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who said Cook needs to control himself.
“I know I have to keep my composure,” Cook said. “I was just frustrated with some things that happened in the game and lost my composure. I can guarantee it won’t happen again.”
Cook is in the final year of his contract and realizes Sunday’s action and resulting fine could potentially impact him in either re-signing with the Vikings or with another team after the season.
“My future — that’s really the biggest thing that’s at stake for me,” he said. “It’s a contract year. It’s been a pretty rough year by my standards. I’ve just got to go ball out these last four games.”