Former Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson is facing one count of felony domestic assault after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend following an argument.
According to a criminal complaint, Eden Prairie police spoke with his girlfriend at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 25. She was visibly upset and had red marks on both sides of her neck. She told police the pair had been in Minneapolis and returned to Jefferson's home in Eden Prairie when they began to argue.
After the initial argument, Jefferson went to a neighbor's house and his girlfriend went to sleep in the guest bedroom of Jefferson's house. He returned and woke her up, confronting her about ignoring his text messages, the complaint says. He then grabbed her neck and eventually picked her up by the neck and moved her off the bed onto the floor and continued to strangle her. She said she did not fight back because she couldn't breathe and he is much bigger than she is.
Jefferson, 25, is in his fourth NFL season and his second with the Vikings. He played in Sunday's game at Lambeau Field until he suffered a reported neck injury during the game. Jefferson was released from the team following his arrest.