Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney was killed in a car accident early Monday morning, his agent, Brian Overstreet, confirmed to ESPN.
“We are asking prayers for the 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 on a felony assault charge.
He was a first-round pick out of TCU in 2020 by the Minnesota Vikings, who released him last August after his arrest in April of 2021 on a charge of assault involving a former girlfriend.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor, Gladney’s former TCU teammate, tweeted: “Lost my Brother, my best friend, my right hand man… ain’t too much more I can take man damn! R.I.P Jeff Gladney, brother watch over me please.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter contributed to this report.