BREAKING NEWS: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Jeff Gladney dies in Dallas car crash aged just 25 as he got his career back on track following felony assault acquittal
- Gladney was found dead at the site of a car crash at 2.30 a.m. on Monday
The cornerback was found dead on Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas earlier on Monday morning. Dallas Police said the crash occurred at 2.30 a.m. and reported two fatalities, including Gladney.
‘We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time,’ his agent Brian Overstreet said.
The former Texas Christian University (TCU) draft prospect had just signed with the Cardinals in the 2022 off-season after being acquitted from felony assault. In 2021, a woman that the Gladney had been in a relationship with claimed that the NFL player domestically assaulted her.
Investigators said a vehicle was going over the speed limit and and clipped another car from its rear, according to CBS News. The driver of the speeding car lost control and crashed into the highway’s beam. Two other people were in the other vehicle but they reportedly came out of the incident unscathed.
Further details about Gladney’s death and the car accident that he was involved in have yet to emerge, including whether the 25-year-old was the driver and if he was intoxicated. DailyMail.com has contacted the Dallas County Sherriff’s Office for further details over the fatal incident.
Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney, who had just signed recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2022 off-season, has reportedly died at the age of 25
The site of the car crash in Dallas, Texas, where Gladney was found dead at 2.30 a.m. on Memorial Day
Gladney started 15 games in his 2020 rookie year with the Vikings. He had not been around the NFL since his arrest in April 2021 in Dallas. After being found not guilty in a Dallas court on March 10, he signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals.
On Monday afternoon, the Cardinals released a statement after learning the news, describing the player’s death as a ‘tremendous loss.’
‘We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing,’ the statement read. ‘Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous loss.’
Gladney’s old team, the Minnesota Vikings, also mourned the loss of its former player in a publicly shared statement.
‘We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, as well as the Arizona Cardinals organization and Jeff’s current and former teammates and coaches who are mourning his life lost much too soon,’ the statement read.
Former NFL teammates and friends took to Twitter to grieve the player’s death on Monday, sending their condolences to his family.
‘Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can man damn!’ Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, who played with Gladney at TCU between 2017 and 2019, wrote.
‘This Jeff Gladney news hit me different. Had the privilege of playing with him during his rookie year in Minnesota,’ George Iloka, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings shared.
‘More bad news…All I could do was hit my knees in tears!!! This is more than a rip post, I lost my brudda!!!! I’m so lost rn,’ Kris Boyd, an ex-teammate of Gladney’s on the Vikings posted.
‘Rest In Peace Jeff Gladney,’ Justin Jefferson also shared on Twitter.
The NFL also released a statement on the social media platform, saying that the league’s ‘family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we extend our deepest condolences to his fmaily and loved ones.’