NFL player Jeff Gladney dies in Dallas crash

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. Gladney, a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, died in a car crash in Dallas.

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DALLAS — Jeff Gladney, a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, died Monday in a car crash in Dallas. He was 25.

“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who are mourning this tremendous loss,” the team said.

The crash occurred on the service road of Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas, KTVT-TV reported. Another person also died.

No one from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department was available on the Memorial Day holiday to talk about the crash.

Gladney played at TCU before becoming a 2020 first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings, where he played in 16 games. He was released before the 2021 season, when he was charged with assaulting a woman.

Gladney was found not guilty in Dallas County in March and was subsequently signed by the Cardinals where he participated in team drills last week.

“We are asking prayers for the family and privacy at this most difficult time,” agent Brian Overstreet said.

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