Vikings’ Jeff Gladney Facing Assault Charge

Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney turned himself in to authorities on a felony family violence assault charge Monday in Dallas, CBS 11 News reports.

Gladney’s girlfriend alleges the 24-year-old corner struck her with closed fists during an argument, according to CBS 11. This incident occurred Friday outside a Dallas-area apartment complex.

While in a vehicle, Gladney became upset over text messages on his girlfriend’s phone and demanded to see the phone, according to the TV station, which adds that the woman threw the phone out the window. After Gladney stopped to retrieve it, he allegedly pressed the woman’s face toward the phone in order to unlock it. The accuser, 22, alleges Gladney punched her in her stomach, ribs and back. She also alleges that, once she and Gladney were back in an apartment complex, the Minnesota defender strangled her and dragged her across the ground, according to an arrest affidavit. Detectives documented bruises on the accuser.

A warrant went out for Gladney’s arrest April 2, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets. He turned himself in at 11:21 a.m. Monday. Gladney faces between two and 10 years in prison if convicted on this charge. While the TCU alum faces NFL discipline as well, his troubles stretch beyond that at this point.

The Vikings, who revamped their cornerback group last year, selected Gladney 31st overall and used him as a starter in 15 games last season. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound defender made 81 tackles and forced a fumble during his rookie season.

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