One week after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys to deal with personal issues, troubled running back Joseph Randle has been suspended four games by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy.
The NFL announced the suspension Tuesday. Per an NFL spokesman, Randle’s suspension starts immediately even though he is not with a team.
Randle started the first six games for the Cowboys before officially losing his job to Darren McFadden. It began a bizarre turn of events for Randle, who also found out he faced discipline from the league for his involvement in a domestic violence incident in Wichita, Kan., last spring.
Randle expressed concerns about his girlfriend, calling police to his house when he bolted from the practice facility Oct. 27 and missed a treatment session, though they found nothing wrong.
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The erratic behavior included him talking about retiring and going into the ministry.
The Cowboys made him inactive for the Seattle game Nov. 1 before out right releasing him Nov. 3, saying it was in the best interest of himself and the team so he could deal with his personal issues.
Now seven days later, the NFL officially suspended Randle for violating the personal conduct policy stemming from that incident with the mother of his son in his hometown of Wichita in February when he was also arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana.
According to the police report, Randle was accused by his ex girlfriend of breaking a car window in an argument and threatening her with a gun with their son nearby.
Randle didn’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 in August.
But it still put him in the cross hairs of the NFL to be disciplined under the personal conduct policy.
It was Randle’s second arrest in a four month span dating back to October of 2014 when was arrested at a Dilliard’s in Frisco and charged with shoplifting underwear and a tester bottle of cologne. In July, he was given six months’ probation for the incident.
Randle, a fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma State in 2013, gained 315 yards and scoring four touchdowns on 76 carries in six games this season. He finished his 35-game career in Dallas with 181 carries for 820 yards and nine touchdowns.