Jeff Gladney, who had a stellar rookie season for the Minnesota Vikings, is in some serious hot water after being arrested on Monday for an alleged domestic violence incident.
The alleged incident took place on April 2, with Gladney turning himself in to police on Monday after a warrant was issued.
The 24-year-old, who was a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, was charged with third-degree felony family violence assault.
If convicted, Gladney faces between two to 10 years in prison.
The details are disturbing.
From CBS 11 News:
The accuser then said Gladney began to strike her “… with closed fists causing pain in the side of her ribs, in the stomach and the back, and hitting her open hand across the head.”
Then she told detectives the two returned to an apartment complex in Dallas, where she said Gladney “… began strangling [her] by the neck, which impeded her breathing for approximately five seconds,” and later “… grabbed [her] by her hair while the vehicle was still moving and dragged [her] across the ground.”
The incident allegedly began during an argument about the contents of a cell phone.
A 22-year-old woman, identified as Gladney’s girlfriend, told police that the NFL player threw her phone out of a window before later pulling her by her hair and attempting to shove her face near the phone to unlock the Apple Face ID.
The woman had bruising on her head, ears, and torso along with scratches on her face and neck.
The Minnesota Vikings have commented on the allegations.
“We are aware of Jeff’s arrest and are gathering additional information. We take this matter very seriously, as the reported allegations are extremely disturbing. At this time we will have no further comment,” a statement read.
During his rookie season with the team, Gladney started in 15 games and recorded 81 total tackles, 3 passes defensed, and a forced fumble.