DALLAS – Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney was charged Tuesday by a Texas grand jury of assaulting a woman he was previously dating.
24-year-old Gladney, who was a first-round draft pick from the TCU last year, started 15 games for the Vikings as a rookie. He remains on the squad but has not been on the team since his arrest in Dallas in April.
He is charged with breathing obstruction domestic violence for “deliberately, knowingly and ruthlessly” causing physical harm and putting pressure on the woman’s neck and neck, the indictment said. The argument arose out of an argument and lasted more than two hours, according to a recent lawsuit filed against Gladney by the former girlfriend. She also alleged in the lawsuit that he tried to bribe her and silence her.
A court date has not yet been set. If convicted, the cornerback faces up to 10 years in prison.
Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf spoke to reporters on Tuesday on a variety of topics related to the team.
“Allegations like these are obviously very disturbing and something that affects us as owners and our organization,” said Wilf. “So the message you are talking about apparently came a few minutes ago, so right now our GM and our coach, and we’re talking to the league and we’re really working on understanding this better. And when we get more information here in the coming hours, we’ll let you know where we carry on. But obviously the allegations are very worrying. “
ESPN’s Courtney Cronin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.