Joseph Randle won’t face felony charges for domestic violence after the Sedgwick County (Kan.) District Attorney’s Office concluded there was “a lack of evidence” to go forward with the case.
The Wichita, Kan., police department spent almost three months looking into an early February incident at a downtown hotel that involved Randle getting into a dispute with the mother of his child.
However, the investigation did not produce enough evidence against Randle for felony charges.
In a news release, the district attorney’s office stated: “The sufficiency of proof required in a criminal case is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. We find the nature of the available evidence in this instance is insufficient to meet that burden as to felony charges.
“The case may be referred by the Wichita Police Department to the City Prosecutor’s office for potential misdemeanor charges.”
Randle would have been subject to a six-game suspension for a first offense under the NFL’s domestic violence policy, and still could be. The language of the new personal conduct policy is such that commissioner Roger Goodell gives himself the leeway to hand down punishment regardless of the legal process.
That, in part, is how the NFL managed to slap Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy with a 10-game suspension recently.
The policy states that “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."
Randle's ex-girlfriend, Dalia Jacobs, accused him 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.
Randle was initially arrested and cited for marijuana possession after a small amount was found in the hotel room he rented, but that charge was eventually dismissed.
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.
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760