The Wichita, Kan., police department is expected to complete its investigation into domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle by the end of the week, Wichita police spokesman James Espinoza confirmed Monday.
The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office will then determine whether to file criminal charges against Randle for an incident involving his ex-girlfriend in early February at a downtown hotel in Wichita, Randle’s hometown.
If charges are brought against Randle, who has been participating in the team’s voluntary workouts this week at Valley Ranch, he could be subject to a six-game suspension for a first offense under the NFL’s domestic violence policy.
The investigation has been on-going for almost three months in which Randle allegedly brandished a gun and threatened his ex-girlfriend, Dalia Jacobs.
Jacobs accused Randle of threatening to "blast" her friend’s vehicle in which their son was a passenger after pointing a gun at the friend. She called 911 to report domestic violence with a weapon but, when police arrived, they did not find a weapon on the scene.
Randle denied the accusations in a statement through his attorney, Gary L. Ayers, days after the incident, and has not publicly commented on it since. Ayers could not be reached for additional comment Monday.
The NFL does not comment specifically about players in this stage of the legal process, but have been kept abreast of further developments. The Cowboys also have not commented on the situation.
According to the NFL’s updated personal conduct policy, it states in part: "If you are convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding, you are subject to discipline. But even if your conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, if the league finds that you have engaged in conduct (prohibited by the policy), you will be subject to discipline."
It’s a policy that is open to interpretation, in other words, and commissioner Roger Goodell has the final say. That much became clear in the harsher-than-expected 10-game suspension that the league slapped Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy with last week.
Randle could find himself in a similar situation should charges be brought against him.
This incident is the second run-in with the law for Randle that happened in less than a four-month span. He was arrested in a Frisco mall on suspicion of misdemeanor theft, accused of stealing underwear and cologne, back in October.
At the time of that incident, Randle said it was "the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life.
"I have never got in any kind of trouble my whole life. This is just something I have to learn from and move forward."
The Cowboys fined Randle "significantly" for the incident, but didn’t suspend him.
Randle, 23, finished last season with 343 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries, serving as DeMarco Murray’s primary backup.
The second-year pro out of Oklahoma State is a candidate to see his playing time increase significantly with Murray signing with Philadelphia in free agency.
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