DALLAS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney was indicted Tuesday by a Texas grand jury for felony assault of a girl he was beforehand in a relationship with, and the group launched him about 5 hours later.

“We take these issues very significantly and condemn all types of home violence,” the Vikings mentioned in a information launch. No additional remark was supplied.

Gladney, a first-round draft decide final 12 months out of TCU, began 15 video games as a rookie. He had not been across the group since his arrest in April in Dallas.

He is charged with home violence by impeding respiration, for “deliberately, knowingly and recklessly" inflicting bodily damage and making use of stress to the alleged sufferer's neck and throat, in keeping with the indictment. 

The altercation grew out of an argument and came about over a span of greater than two hours, in keeping with a civil swimsuit lately filed in opposition to Gladney by the previous girlfriend. She additionally alleged within the swimsuit he tried to bribe and intimidate her into retaining quiet.

No court docket date has been scheduled but.

Vikings proprietor and president Mark Wilf, who addressed reporters on a wide range of topics surrounding the group on Tuesday, known as the allegations in opposition to Gladney “very disturbing and one thing that’s regarding to us as possession and to our group.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy mentioned the league workplace “will proceed to evaluate this severe and regarding matter beneath the non-public conduct coverage whereas the and monitor all authorized developments.”

Gladney is topic to waivers and would grow to be an unrestricted free agent if he's unclaimed by one other group. If he have been to be claimed or signed by one other membership, he may very well be positioned on the commissioner's exempt listing whereas the case in opposition to him strikes towards completion. In 2014, the NFL toughened its private conduct coverage to incorporate a baseline six-game suspension with out pay for violations involving home violence and different associated crimes.

Gladney's agent Brian Overstreet mentioned in an announcement launched to NFL Community that he was upset by the Vikings' choice.

“It’s an excellent factor that harmless till confirmed responsible nonetheless exists on this nation,” Overstreet mentioned. “Sadly, the Vikings don’t view it the identical manner.”

Overstreet known as the indictment “a standard step within the judicial course of” and defined the case is headed for a trial however just isn't a sign of Gladney's guilt or innocence.

“We obtained data that the complaining witness on this case got here ahead and requested the case not be prosecuted,” Overstreet mentioned. "The Vikings did what they thought was greatest for his or her group which we respect, however we nonetheless strongly consider in Jeff Gladney’s innocence. 

We stay up for his day in court docket in order that he can clear his identify. At the moment, out of respect for the authorized course of and all events concerned, Jeff and his representatives could have no additional feedback.”

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