Joseph Randle Arrested for Battery: Latest Details on Former Cowboys RB

Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13:   Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of aggravated battery, drug possession and criminal damage.

TMZ first reported the news on Feb. 21 and noted Randle is being held on $100,000 bail. TMZ reported on Monday that "law enforcement in Wichita says Randle tried to hit three people with his carand then tried to chase them into a home...before forcing his way inside."

On Wednesday, a judge refused to lower the $100,000 bond on the grounds that Randle "hadn't hired a lawyer or filled out an application for a court-appointed attorney," according to the Associated Press.

Randle was expected to be the Cowboys' starting running back in 2015, but his career has been undone by a series of off-the-field incidents. He has been arrested at least five times since 2014, with the first arrest coming when he shoplifted underwear and cologne from a Dillard's department store in Frisco, Texas.

His behavior has become increasingly troubled since, with drugs and violence at the center of multiple arrests. Police in Wichita, Kansas, found marijuana in a hotel room in February 2015 after someone had placed a call claiming domestic violence. Randle was never charged in that case, but he was suspended four games by the NFL and released by the Cowboys last November.

"I'm always concerned as to any issues regarding the [mental] health of a player," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the time of Randle's release, per Todd Archer of "It's a lot more serious than the football [injury]."

Sunday marks Randle's third arrest since his NFL departure. He allegedly brawled with an officer after being kicked out of a casino in November and was picked up on a warrant Feb. 1. At the time of that arrest, Randle was attempting to enter the house of his ex-girlfriend in the early morning hours. He was released on a $359 bond in that case.


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