Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney was indicted by a Texas grand jury for felony assault of his former girlfriend. Reportedly, Gladney assaulted his former girlfriend fr more than two hours, slamming her head on the dashboard of his vehicle and later trying to bribe her to keep her quiet.
“According to the lawsuit that was acquired by USA TODAY Sports, Gladney is accused of committing multiple inexcusable acts in addition to the alleged assault. "Some of the new details from the lawsuit include the Minnesota cornerback allegedly assaulting the female victim for more than two hours, slamming the victim’s head on the dashboard of his vehicle, pulling off the freeway multiple times to assault the victim while stopped at red lights, attempting to bribe the victim to keep quiet after the incident with a $1,000 necklace and a gift certificate to a spa, and showing up at the victim’s home less than two weeks ago to force her to delete text messages and screenshots of text messages”.
Gladney released by the Vikings
After the indictment, the Vikings released Gladney. “Obviously allegations like these are very disturbing, and something that’s concerning to us as ownership and to our organization,” Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said shortly after the indictment.
“So the news you’re just talking about just apparently hit a couple minutes ago, so right now our GM and our coach, and we’re talking to the league, and really working through to understand this better. And as we get more information here in the coming hours, we’ll let you know where we go on this.
But obviously the allegations are very disturbing”. The Vikings have had lots of problems this training camp as they are down three of their four quarterbacks due to health and safety protocols. "I just feel like we're going to have guys miss games," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said.
"There are so many cases going on right now. We're going to have guys miss some games and we have to be prepared for it." Zimmer suggested everything would be much easier if his players decided to take a vaccine.
"Going through all the things you had to do last year with masks, protocol, traveling, can't leave for a day, can't go out and see your family and all the things -- can't go out to dinner on the road, have to wear masks on the plane, all that stuff.
It was just difficult," Zimmer said. "I just don't understand. I just don't understand. I think we could put this thing to bed if we all do this. But it is what it is."