Jury finds former Minnesota Vikings CB Jeff Gladney not guilty of felony assault charge

A Dallas jury found former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney not guilty of a felony assault charge Thursday.

The verdict was unanimous, according to online court records.

“It has been a tough time for Jeff mentally, spiritually and athletically,” Gladney’s agents Brian E. Overstreet and Rodney Williams said in a statement. according to the Pro Football Network. “So we commend Jeff for having the courage to stand up and fight for his freedom against these false allegations.”

Gladney, 25, was arrested in April 2021 in Dallas after allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend. He was charged with domestic violence by preventing breathing after he allegedly ‘intentionally, knowingly and recklessly’ caused bodily harm and put pressure on the woman’s neck and throat.

The altercation grew out of an argument and unfolded over a period of more than two hours, according to a lawsuit the woman filed against Gladney last year. She also alleged in the lawsuit that he tried to bribe and intimidate her into keeping quiet.

If convicted, he could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The Vikings released Gladney last August after he was charged. Gladney, who was a 2020 first-round pick out of TCU, started 15 games for the Vikings as a rookie.

“Unfortunately, Jeff lost a year of his career,” Overstreet and Williams said in their statement. “We sincerely hope the NFL takes a page out of the criminal justice system in the future and truly believes these guys are innocent until proven guilty. Today Jeff is in a good place and we look forward to engaging with NFL teams to advance his career at the appropriate time. Out of respect for the process, we will have no further comment at this time.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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