Jeff Gladney, a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League, died in an automobile accident in Dallas on Monday.
He was 25 years old at the time. The Cardinals and Gladney's agency both verified his death.
"We were heartbroken to learn about Jeff Gladney's death. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and those who are grieving this tragic loss," the team said.
According to KTVT-TV, the accident happened on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway's service road in Dallas. Another individual perished as well.
On Memorial Day, no one was available to speak about the crash, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.
Gladney attended TCU before being selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
He appeared in 16 games that season before being released prior to the 2021 season due to an accusation of abusing a woman.
Gladney was declared not guilty in March in Dallas County, Texas, and was signed by the Cardinals shortly after. Last week, he took part in team drills.
"At this most difficult time, we ask for prayers for the family and privacy," said agent Brian Overstreet.
Gladney's death was described by the NFL as a "tragic loss."