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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      • Fight over a phone. Clear what the issue was (otherwise why would the young woman throw it out of the car). In this case, the cheating vixen will recant her charges (payoff) and life will go on. Gladney will find a new and hopefully truer girlfriend.

        Bad situation all around though.

        • She may have thrown it out the window because Gladney was being a jealous jerk and attempting to invade her privacy. Sounds like he has a control issue and perhaps she just had enough of it. I don’t think it’s fair to assume she was a cheater

          • Ak185

            Maybe we just don’t make any assumptions without knowing anything at all? Except the assumption that Gladney at least will be suspended?

          • outhaus33

            And the most racist comment goes to…..

            Definitely know many more white wife beaters than black. So not sure why you find domestic violence to be a black issue

  1. Gus Leggett

    This gives the Alexander signing more clarity. Vikings are covering themselves if he is found guilty.

    • Sutter

      Not unless Spielman has a crystal ball… the Vikes signed Alexander a week before this even happened on Friday

      • Ak185

        Either way, it’s a deal that now carries more weight. The Vikings’ corner situation was already pretty strained before this incident, and they were counting heavily on that secondary (Gladney in particular) to use last year’s experience as part of their rebound this year. Now they may have to draft a corner earlier than anticipated-though I believe they were planning to do so anyway, although possibly with a lower pick.

  2. shortsighted

    We’ve heard this before. Two young people with a very unstable relationship. Suspension coming, all will be forgotten this time.

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