Joseph Randle Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges: Latest Details and Comments

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 19, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Joseph Randle stands in the team bench area during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, in Arlington, Texas. Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was jailed early Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015,  after an altercation at a Kansas casino. Randle was asked to leave the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane late Tuesday after causing some unspecified concerns on the casino floor, said Fred Waller, an enforcement agent with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Randle left, but then returned. Randle started arguing with security officers, and a scuffle ensued, Waller said. Several agents had to restrain him and he was taken to the county jail. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges Friday. 

Per Amy Renee Leiker of the Wichita Eagle, Randle pleaded not guilty to a "criminal threat charge and to seven felony charges accusing him of backing into three people with his car and kicking in the door of a Wichita home during a party in February."

The 24-year-old also pleaded not guilty to one count of interfering with law enforcement, per Leiker, which stems from an incident in March.  

By pleading not guilty, Randle is now scheduled to stand trial in Kansas starting on Sept. 19.

Randle has had his share of legal issues over the last year. Per ESPN.com, in July 2016, when he was already in prison for separate charges, he threatened to kill a deputy officer after not being allowed to make a phone call. 

Per Leiker's report, District Judge Joe Kisner said "it’s real clear what [Randle] said. He used the word ‘kill.' Whether ... [Randle] actually meant that he was going to kill or not, I don’t think that’s relevant."

That came five months after Randle was arrested in Wichita, Kansas, when police said he hit three people with his car after being asked to leave a housewarming party, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

Randle was arrested for the sixth time in less than two years in March when he did not appear in court.

The Wichita native was selected by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He had 822 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 35 games with the team before being released in November 2015 after violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.   


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