Vikings Release Former First-Round Pick Amid Felony Assault Indictment
By Jason Hall
August 3, 2021
The Minnesota Vikings released cornerback Jeff Gladney on Tuesday (August 3) after the former first-round draft pick was indicted by a Texas grand jury for felony assault on a woman whom he had a prior relationship with.
"Following our review of today's indictment against Jeff Gladney, we have decided to release Jeff immediately. As we have previously said, we take these matters very seriously and condemn all forms of domestic violence. Due to the ongoing legal nature of this matter, we are unable to provide further comment," the Vikings said in a statement shared on their verified Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
Vikings team owner had previously referred to allegations against Gladney as very "disturbing and something that's concerning to us as ownership and to our organization" on Tuesday morning prior to the cornerback being released later in the afternoon.
Gladney, 24, was selected by the Vikings at No. 31 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft after starting four consecutive seasons at Texas Christian University.
The cornerback made 15 starts and appeared in all 16 games for Minnesota as a rookie, recording 81 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, three pass deflections, one forced fumble and one QB hit in 2020.
Gladney was charged with domestic violence by impeding breathing, for "intentionally, knowingly and recklessly" causing bodily injury and applying pressure to the woman's neck and throat, according to an indictment obtained by ESPN.
A lawsuit recently filed against Gladney by his former girlfriend claims an altercation stemmed from an extended argument between the two that lasted more than two hours.
The victim claims Gladney attempted to bribe her and intimidate her into keeping quiet.
If convicted, the 24-year-old could face up to 10 years in prison. No court data has been scheduled for Gladney as of Tuesday (August 3) afternoon.