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Jeff Gladney and The Wheels of Justice

Note: This article originally appeared on our sister site, purplePTSD.com. The top of the week yielded gruesome news regarding a 22-year-old woman in Texas, Jeff Gladney, and the Minnesota Vikings. Gladney, 24, turned himself into a Dallas County Jail, surrendering on a warrant for felony family assault charges. The woman was reportedly in a relationship with the Vikings cornerback although additional details are limited. The only widespread visual material that is readily available pertaining to the situation is the mugshot in the Miles tweet above. The violent happenings are filings with the police department – implying that someone perpetrated the attack on the woman. And, in all likelihood, that someone is probably Gladney. Misunderstandings and hoaxes indeed exist, but this turn of events is not trending to be a part of that club. The Vikings commented on the matter in a statement: “We are aware of Jeff’s arrest and are gathering additional information. We take this matter very seriously, as the reported allegations are extremely disturbing.” Aside from the court of digital/public opinion, that’s about all that is available for now. As Described, a Heinous Crime The events described by Miles – the punching, choking, and dragging – are vile. In 2014, Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, was involved in a similar incident that was recorded on surveillance video. Rice punched a woman in an Atlantic City elevator and dragged her out in a haunting scene. Rice never played professional football again – a path that may be fatefully forged for Gladney. Pictures will probably soon follow, and those bits of evidence will confirm Miles’ reporting. That’s typically the schedule of events in nightmarish matters akin to this. Video has not surfaced, but that would also be a vehicle of truth – as seen with Kareem Hunt and his assault on a woman in 2018. Hunt was suspended for eight games. It is unlikely that the tragedy beset on the unnamed woman was fictionalized, and the apprehension of Gladney seems to be the first step toward justice. Due Process Nevertheless Just as folks are predisposed to adjudicate Gladney in the court of public opinion per First Amendment protection – the Vikings cornerback is entitled to due process. To be sure, all signs outwardly point to him as the culprit, but Gladney will receive his proverbial day in court. A rush to judgment is often too irresistible for onlookers – particularly when the news story is covered by dozens of media outlets. Yet, no matter the act, every human in the United States is given a Constitutional platform to offer a defense of actions. Gladney’s is upcoming. The legal forecast is not optimistic for his sake. Why? Because history serves as a reasonable indicator that there is usually smoke with a fire. The evaluation of his comeuppance is underway – and, yes, that includes the determination of his guilt. People, regardless of stature, cannot be identified as guilty solely based on mugshots or tweets – even when they turn themselves over to authorities. It’s a delicate issue to wrestle as women must be heard and believed. In the end, justice will be litigated – but not on the first day of breaking news. Americans used to believe that’s what separates their commitment to the law in contrast to other unsavory nations – due process. But social media makes that difficult. An Inevitable Endgame? Barring total fabrication by someone, Gladney’s fleeting career with the Vikings – and as a professional athlete – has likely concluded. The preliminary details do not leave much to the imagination, and precedent generally mandates that the offender is banned or suspended from his job – in this case pro football. Again – that fragile line of “oh, come on – he did it” versus due process is in play. More is forthcoming. Under this brand of Wilf ownership for the Vikings, the organization has zero-tolerance for violent crime. Adrian Peterson was suspended by the NFL for nearly a season amid child abuse allegations while the Vikings seemingly concurred with the punishment. Peterson – also in Texas at the time — was given probation and performed community service. This one is different. Not because hitting a child with a twig as a form of discipline is justifiable. Peterson claimed the use of a “switch” was the way his family handled discipline for generations. What happened to the woman in Texas was blunt-force violence – unrelated to child-raising rationalizations. Per reporting, it was a showcase of brutality. Justice will be rendered per the legal system, not Twitter accounts. And those familiar with the Vikings should prepare for a Gladney-less football team.

Dustin Baker

Writer. Host of Bleav in Vikings Podcast w/B-Mac & Baker.

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cka2nd
cka2nd
11 days ago

Still an awful lot of assumptions here based on one account, only.

M.C
M.C
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11 days ago

That’s true . The way it’s written, I don’t doubt it at this point. Usually when someone gets closed fist punched by a pro athlete, even a 24 year old football player who probably still hits like a girl, it seems probable to say the least. This would definitely show Zimmer hand as to why he brought in Mack and Patrick P. Those two corners having unbelievable lockdown potential and they just don’t know how to work for millions, and brandish they’re football skills in the offseason

Finfineman
Finfineman
11 days ago

The courts are backed up. This could go on for a long time…The severity and length of this all depends on how she reacts to this.

M.C
M.C
11 days ago

As Zimmer old adige goes, can never have enough corners …. Now we see why they went out and got Patrick Peterson .. You turn these .001% Alphas into overnight millionaires, and then expect them to take on a full playbook, and on work on their own time in the offseason. U Can see in the photo, he’s not in nfl shape right now…. However, he might’ve just become a “Zimmer-guy”. With a coach like Zimmer, when u go thru embarrassing moments, as long as they feel embarrassed enough not to repeat the same mistakes, it can be quite comforting to come to work with a boss who keeps you out of the limelight and says, here I’m just going to judge you on how u do your job… But wow, this underscores the signing of Patrick P and 20Mack…. Apparently gladney was a high risk high reward corner and nobody mentioned it until now…

boss
boss
7 days ago

Learn what a paragraph is. Jeez the wasted dollars on education and yet no one seems to be educated anymore.

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