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Vikings release cornerback Jeff Gladney following domestic violence charge

His release is effective immediately, the team said.
Jeff Gladney

The Vikings are releasing Jeff Gladney, announcing the move hours after the 24-year-old was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a felony domestic violence charge.

The team, in a statement, said Gladney's release is effective "immediately" following its review of the indictment, adding: "As we have previously said, we take these matters very seriously and condemn all forms of domestic violence."

Gladney was a first-round pick by the Vikings in 2020 and started 15 games for the team. He turned himself in to Dallas County authorities on April 5 in connection with an incident days earlier, in which he reportedly assaulted his girlfriend.

That led to Tuesday's indictment, with charges accusing Gladney of domestic violence for the alleged assault.

The victim has also filed a civil suit, saying Gladney yelled at her to unlock her phone, pulled her hair and punched her, choked her and slammed her face into the dashboard while driving down the freeway. He also exited the highway to stop at red lights, during which he would beat her again, according to the suit.

The suit claims Gladney, after turning himself in, bought her a Tiffany necklace to try to convince her not to press charges, and showed up to her house in July trying to get her to delete text messages.

Earlier Tuesday, Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf called the allegations "very disturbing."

Gladney had not reported to Vikings training camp.

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