The former girlfriend of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney has filed a lawsuit against him in Dallas, accusing him of beating her for over two hours in April and then trying to bribe her into silence with a $1,000 necklace from Tiffany’s and a gift certificate to a spa.
The civil lawsuit seeks at least $1 million in damages and adds to the legal problems facing Gladney, who was scheduled for a grand jury hearing Thursday. He could be formally indicted soon after facing a charge of felony assault. He surrendered to Dallas authorities after the incident in April.
Gladney, 24, a former first-round draft pick out of TCU, could not be reached for comment. Messages seeking comment from his agent and attorney were not immediately returned.
The woman’s lawsuit was filed this week and obtained by USA TODAY Sports. It gives her account of what happened in the alleged incident, which began the night of April 1, after she looked through Gladney's phone while he was helping load a bed into his truck near Dallas. She stated she saw messages from Gladney to another woman for whom he bought $700 Louis Vuitton sunglasses.