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Vikings release 2020 1st-round pick Jeff Gladney after domestic violence indictment

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The Minnesota Vikings released 2020 first-round pick Jeff Gladney on Tuesday after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of felony assault against a woman. Gladney had previously been in a relationship with the woman.

Gladney faces a prison sentence of up 10 years for his actions. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the former Vikings cornerback was “charged with domestic violence by impeding breathing, for ‘intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly’ causing bodily injury and applying pressure to a woman’s neck and throat.”

This incident happened back in April in Dallas. Here’s more from ESPN:

The altercation grew out of an argument and took place over a span of more than two hours, according to a lawsuit recently filed against Gladney by the former girlfriend. She also alleged in the suit that he tried to bribe her and intimidate her into keeping quiet.

The Vikings selected Gladney out of TCU with the No. 31 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old appeared in all 16 games in his rookie season and started 15 of them. He racked up 81 total tackles on the season as Minnesota went 7-9 to finish in third place in the NFC North.

The Vikings did what they had to do by releasing Gladney after this indictment. It’s now up to the justice system to determine his fate.