Troubled former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle denied a report that he was cut by the team midway through the 2015 season in part because he was betting on sports.
Randle responded via text message: “No truth at all.”
According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys released Randle in early November because they learned he had been involved in sports gambling in addition to the well-chronicled bizarre behavior he displayed and a pending NFL suspension.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had no knowledge of Randle being involved in sports gambling and never investigated him for gambling.
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledged the organization had gambling concerns about Randle in an interview with the Morning News, but said he had no knowledge of Randle betting on NFL games, including the Cowboys’.
The Cowboys cut Randle on Nov. 3, saying they were concerned for his mental well being following erratic and bizarre behavior earlier in the week. The Wednesday before he was released Randle expressed concerns about the safety of his then-girlfriend, and bolted from the practice facility missing a treatment session. He called Irving police to his residence, but the police found nothing wrong.
Randle had started the first six games for the Cowboys, and ended up leading the team with four rushing TDs.
Shortly after his release from the Cowboys, Randle was suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from a domestic violence incident involving an ex girlfriend in April of 2015.
Randle, 24, resurfaced in the news on Monday morning, being arrested by Irving police for an outstanding speeding warrant in Coppell, Irving police spokesman James McLellan said. Randle posted a $359 bail before noon.
Irving police ran a standard warrant check on Randle after receiving a “suspicious circumstance call” shortly after 3 a.m. Monday in the 1700 block of Finley Road.
According to police, Randle rang the doorbell at the home of his ex-girlfriend, but he was not welcomed there by the residents.
Officers found Randle in a car near the home and asked why he was there. Randle said he had driven to Texas to try to find a car that had gone missing in Kansas.
Randle said he had been unsuccessful in locating the car and was hoping to get some sleep before heading back to Kansas, his home state.
McLellan said Randle’s answers “made no logical sense” as to why he made the road trip.
This latest run-in with the law is the fourth time in the past 17 months for Randle.
Three weeks after being cut by the Cowboys in late November, Randle was arrested at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan. Randle faces four misdemeanor charges in that case, according to The Wichita Eagle: two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal trespass and one count of resisting arrest.
At this point, with legal concerns mounting and now a gambling accusation, Randle’s football career is in serious jeopardy.
The 2013 fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State has 820 rushing yards on 181 carries with nine rushing touchdowns over 35 games in his three-year career.
Staff writer Clarence E. Hill Jr. contributed to this report.