The fatal crash involving Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney took location around 2:30 a.m. on the Woodall Rogers Freeway in Dallas and associated two automobiles, in accordance to a information launch from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement claimed a preliminary investigation uncovered that a white vehicle was dashing and clipped a 2nd automobile from powering. The white motor vehicle then dropped command and hit a freeway pier beam, killing the man and girl within, the push release said. The second automobile was also occupied by a man and lady, who were being not very seriously injured.
The names of the deceased will not be introduced till they are positively discovered and upcoming of kin is notified. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
“We are inquiring prayers for the spouse and children, and privateness at this most tricky time,” explained Brian Overstreet, Gladney’s agent.
Gladney’s cousin, Sharonda Francois, informed WFAA that the 25-12 months-old had just lately ordered a dwelling for his mother and that Gladney’s son just turned 1 in February.
“He actually liked his son, a lot of youthful men are definitely not into getting parents —- but he genuinely beloved him,” Francois claimed. “He hosted soccer camps, he took treatment of our children at family members gatherings. I suggest funds did not improve him, he was nonetheless the same down to earth cousin. He was just so properly-loved.”
Gladney was drafted No. 31 all round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2020. He completed his rookie yr with 81 tackles, a few passes defended and a pressured fumble in 16 video games (15 commences).
Gladney was launched by the team last August following he was indicted on a domestic-violence assault cost, which stemmed from allegations that he “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” used tension to a former girlfriend’s neck and throat. He did not engage in final period.
Soon after a Texas court unanimously uncovered Gladney not guilty of the felony assault charge, he signed a two-calendar year deal with the Cardinals in March as a absolutely free agent. He had been expected to play a sizeable role on defense this year.
Gladney took element in the team’s voluntary OTAs final week.
The Cardinals and Vikings each shared statements to Twitter just after the news about Gladney’s loss of life was initial noted Monday.
Gladney was a standout at TCU in advance of he joined the NFL. The school’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Jeremiah Donati, released a statement that study: “Our TCU Athletics family, and particularly our football plan, was really devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney.
“After earning his diploma and continuing his taking part in vocation in the NFL, Jeff preserved his near ties to TCU. He liked almost everything about his alma mater. He was a frequent visitor to campus and was at our spring practices and spring match this year, proudly joined by his younger son. He will be missed by our overall neighborhood. Our views, prayers and deepest condolences go to Jeff’s spouse and children, friends and TCU teammates.”
Gladney’s demise arrived a thirty day period after Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins — a 2019 initially-round select — was struck by a car in April whilst crossing a freeway on foot in Florida.