Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney was killed in a car accident early Monday morning, his agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed to ESPN.
The Cardinals released a statement Monday afternoon also confirming Gladney’s death.
“We are devastated to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who mourn this tremendous loss,” the message read.
The crash happened around 2:28 a.m. Monday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. When the officers arrived, a white car was overturned. Dallas Fire Rescue confirmed that two people, a man and a woman, were dead.
According to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, two vehicles were involved in the accident. According to preliminary information, the white vehicle overspeeded and wedged the vehicle in front of it, losing control of the vehicle before hitting a beam on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas. The two people in the other car were not injured.
Investigators will release the names of the two people killed in the accident once the coroner has positively identified the bodies and notifies next of kin.
“We ask for prayers for family and privacy at this most difficult time,” Overstreet said in a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Gladney, 25, signed with the Cardinals in March after a jury found him not guilty of a assault charge.
He was a first round out of TCU in 2020 by the Minnesota Vikings, who released him last August after being charged with sexually assaulting an ex-girlfriend in April 2021.
“We are saddened by the tragic death of former Viking Jeff Gladney,” the Vikings said in a statement. “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 mourn his life lost way too soon.”
The NFL said in a statement, “The NFL family mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Gladney and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, Gladney’s former TCU teammate, tweeted: “Lost my brother, my best friend, my right hand… I can’t take much more damn it! RIP Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”
Arizona signed Gladney to a two-year contract. He would compete for a runway this off-season.
Gladney played 50 games in four seasons for TCU and was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2019, his senior season.
“Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very shocked to learn of Jeff Gladney’s passing,” athletic director Jeremiah Donati said in a statement. “After graduating and continuing his playing career in the NFL, Jeff maintained his close ties to TCU. He loved everything about his alma mater. He was a frequent visitor to campus and took pride in our spring training sessions this year and Spring Game. accompanied by his young son. He will be missed by our entire community. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s family, friends and TCU teammates.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Kevin Seifert contributed to this report.