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Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle Arrested On Rape Charges

Two years ago the former running back for the Dallas Cowboys ran over a group of people at a party.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Former NFL star Joseph Randle is in trouble again.

The former running back for the Dallas Cowboys was booked into a Kansas detention center at 3:43 a.m. Friday on a rape charge and a probation violation, according to the Sedgwick County Jail’s online database. Details surrounding the arrest have yet to be released, and there is no bond amount listed.

Randle, 26, has racked up a number of arrests in recent years. He received six months of probation in 2015 after getting arrested for shoplifting the year before, NBC News reports. Kansas police launched an investigation into Randle in February 2015, after responding to a domestic disturbance call involving Randle and Dalia Jacobs, the mother of his child, at a hotel room. Jacobs initially claimed that Randle pulled out a gun when she and a friend tried to leave with the child, according to the Los Angeles Times, but later changed her story. Prosecutors ultimately decided not to pursue any charges.

Most recently, Randle received a five-year probation sentence in June stemming from a February 2016 incident at a housewarming party. Randle reportedly got into an argument during a game of beer pong when another guest allegedly used a racial slur, according to The Wichita Eagle. Randle was asked to leave the party, and he reportedly backed his car into a number of other guests on his way out. He was later convicted of aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, criminal threat, and marijuana possession, in relation to the incident.

Randle was released from the Dallas Cowboys in the midst of the 2015 season. In a 2017 piece for Sports Illustrated, those closest to Randle attributed his troubles with the law to injuries he sustained on the field. Research has shown that those who have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are at an increased risk of becoming violent repeat offenders at a young age.

“I’d look him in the eye, and he just wasn’t the same guy,” an unnamed “close associate” said during an interview with SI. “I was looking into his soul like, ‘Joe, where’s the guy I know?’”

[Photo: Joseph Randle during pregame warmups prior to the NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. By Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images]

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