Charged, but not convicted: an important Vikings clarification on Dalvin Cook

spielmanThis is somewhat of a minor point after the conclusion of the NFL draft, but there is a discrepancy in the official record on what Vikings GM Rick Spielman said about second-round pick Dalvin Cook after Minnesota chose him Friday night.

In his comments about Cook, Spielman referenced an incident while Cook was at Florida State whereby the running back was accused of punching a woman outside a bar. In the video of Spielman’s remarks that is still on the Vikings’ web site, he incorrectly says that Cook was “never charged with the incident.”

That incorrect terminology was adjusted in the official transcript of Spielman’s remarks sent out by the Vikings. The transcript reads, “He was never (convicted) with the incident, I believe, at the bar, and I won’t get into a lot of details you brought up, but I think that was thrown out within a half hour.”

Indeed, Cook was charged but not convicted. The case went to trial where a jury quickly reached a verdict that Cook was not guilty.

The discrepancy is noteworthy more because of the interest surrounding whether the Vikings would draft Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon if he became available. The Vikings took Cook instead of Mixon, who was drafted later in the second round by Cincinnati.

Fenway marriage proposal goes horribly wrong (assuming it was real)

red soxI’m always a little skeptical of viral social media moments because #brands have become pretty good at manufacturing them and then bathing in the millions of nearly free impressions.

The story that surfaced Sunday of a failed marriage proposal at Fenway Park certainly fits that description, since the only known video — a distant Twitter video of the apparent aftermath of the unhappy couple — has a distinct Budweiser logo right in the middle of the shot.

If it was real, though, the details are either awful or spectacular based on how you feel about dudes popping the question on a giant video board in front of tens of thousands of people.

Usually these moments are fairly routine. The woman is surprised (sometimes slightly mortified but in a happy way), she says yes, they hug and kiss, they have a moment on camera and people applaud. In this case, well, it didn’t quite go as planned:

Let this be a lesson to all the bros out there considering a ballpark proposal: if you’re unsure of what the answer might be and you think popping the question in public will help, you very well could be wrong.