On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings released Jeff Gladney, cornerback, following his indiction by a Texas grand jury on a felony domestic violence charge connected to an incident that happened in April.
Gladney, 24, received the domestic violence charge after he reportedly hit, choked, and dragged his then-girlfriend on the ground near Dallas. The incident took place in a vehicle on the night of April 1st. Although, the grand jury only heard the case on July 29, which kept the former Vikings cornerback in legal limbo for a few months. During this legal limbo, his team was trying to figure out a course of action regarding Gladney’s case. Gladney has started in all but one regular game last season.
Following his arrest in Dallas on April 5, Gladney didn’t participate in his team’s spring workouts nor in the training camp. However, he remained on the team’s roster. Per general manager Rick Spielman, the team was “letting due process take its course.”
The grand jury finally made their decision on Tuesday. Gladney’s indictment indicates that the CB caused bodily injury to his ex-girlfriend intentionally. He did so through choking, striking, and pulling her with his hand, followed by forcing her against a vehicle window.
After this decision was made, the Vikings announced that they are releasing Jeff Gladney from their roster. The team said in a statement: “As we have previously said, we take these matters seriously and condemn all forms of domestic violence. Due to the ongoing legal nature of this matter, we are unable to provide further comment.”
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Also following his indictment, Jeff Gladney will have to face a criminal trial. With this, he will see his NFL career in jeopardy a year after signing an $11 million, four-year contract.
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According to a spokesman, the NFL will review Gladney’s case.
Apart from this case, his ex-girlfriend also filed a civil lawsuit last week, accusing the CB of trying to bribe and harass her in an effort to keep her from cooperating as a witness.
On July 25, the woman’s lawsuit indicated that Gladney went to her home uninvited. It said he forced her to delete text messages and screenshots of the said messages.