The Minnesota Vikings launched cornerback Jeff Gladney on Tuesday after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of felony assault in opposition to a lady with whom he was beforehand in a relationship.
“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 workforce mentioned in a press release.
Gladney, 24, who was a first-round draft choose final yr out of TCU, began 15 video games for the Vikings as a rookie. He had not been across the workforce since his arrest in April in Dallas.
He is charged with home violence by impeding respiration, for “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” inflicting bodily harm and making use of strain to the girl’s neck and throat, in line with the indictment. The altercation grew out of an argument and happened over a span of greater than two hours, in line with a lawsuit just lately filed in opposition to Gladney by the previous girlfriend. She additionally alleged within the go well with that he tried to bribe her and intimidate her into retaining quiet.
No court docket date has been scheduled but. If he is convicted, the cornerback may serve as much as 10 years in jail.
Earlier Tuesday, Vikings proprietor and president Mark Wilf known as the allegations in opposition to Gladney “very disturbing and something that’s concerning to us as ownership and to our organization.”
Gladney’s agent Brian Overstreet mentioned in a press release launched to NFL Network that he was upset by the Vikings’ choice.
“It’s a good thing that innocent until proven guilty still exists in this country,” Overstreet said. “Unfortunately, the Vikings do not view it the identical manner.”
Overstreet known as the indictment “a normal step in the judicial process” and explained the case is headed for a trial but is not an indication of Gladney’s guilt or innocence.
“We acquired data that the complaining witness on this case got here ahead and requested the case not be prosecuted,” Overstreet mentioned. “The Vikings did what they thought was best for their organization which we respect, but we still strongly believe in Jeff Gladney’s innocence. We look forward to his day in court so that he can clear his name. At this time, out of respect for the legal process and all parties involved, Jeff and his representatives will have no further comments.”
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the league office “will proceed to evaluate this critical and regarding matter underneath the private conduct coverage” and can monitor all authorized developments.
Gladney is now an unrestricted free agent. If he had been to be signed by one other membership, he might be positioned on the commissioner’s exempt checklist whereas the case in opposition to him strikes towards completion. In 2014, the NFL toughened its private conduct coverage to incorporate a baseline six-game suspension with out pay for violations involving home violence and different associated crimes.
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.