Joseph Randle: Embattled ex-Cowboys running back arrested for rape

Police in Kansas have arrested ex-Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle on suspicion of rape charges this week.

Sedgwick County court records indicate that Randle, 26, was taken into custody early Friday. Details surrounding the reported rape are unknown at this point in time.

According to The Wichita Eagle, Randle was sentenced in June to five years’ probation for a February 2016 incident in which he hit three people in his car after he was playing beer pong, and someone used a racial epithet. The situation turned violent when Randle was asked to leave.

TMZ reports that Randle was a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. He made it to the Cowb0ys’ starting line during the 2015 season but was waived months later in October.

Randle has been in and out of jail and mental health facilities since—and during—his brief NFL run.

The Washington Post reported that Randle was arrested for shoplifting in October 2014 and July 2015. The latter incident resulted in being sentenced to 180 days of probation.

In February 2015, between the two shoplifting incidents, police arrested Randle on possession of marijuana charges which stemmed from a domestic violence dispute involving the mother of his child. The charge was dropped three months later due to a lack of evidence, according to The Post.

The February 2015 incident reportedly played a role in Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones releasing Randle due to “personal issues”.

Fast forward to February 2016 and the ex-running back is being arrested for the party ordeal. He gets hit with a felony aggravated battery charge a year later for an altercation he had with an inmate, the newspaper reported.

Randle has been in and out of mental institutions following that incident. Nevertheless, a court has found him mentally competent to stand trial four times throughout proceedings, according to The Eagle,

Records indicated that Friday’s arrest violated Randle’s probation. He’s currently being held without bond.


[Featured image: Joseph Randle/Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office via AP]