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A Dallas jury found former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney innocent in a charge of assault on Thursday.
The verdict was unanimous, according to online court records.
“This has been a challenging 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 applaud Jeff for having the courage to stand up and fight for his freedom versus these false claims.”
Gladney, 25, was arrested in April 2021 in Dallas after allegedly assaulting a former boyfriend. He was charged with domestic violence by restraining breathing after allegedly “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” causing bodily harm and putting pressure on the woman’s neck and neck.
The altercation grew out of an altercation and took place over a period of more than two hours, according to a lawsuit the woman filed last year against Gladney. She also claimed in the case that he was trying to bribe her and scare her into keeping quiet.
If he had been convicted, he could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
The Vikings released Gladney in August last year after he was indicted. Gladney, who was a first-round draft pick in 2020 from TCU, started 15 games for the Vikings as a rookie.
“Unfortunately, Jeff has lost a year of his career,” Overstreet and Williams said in their statement. “We sincerely hope the NFL will take a side of the criminal justice system going forward and we really believe these guys are innocent until proven guilty. Today Jeff is in a great place and we look forward to getting involved with the NFL teams to advance his career at the right time. Out of respect for the process, we will not comment further at this time. “
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.