Police in Wichita, Kan., dropped a drug charge against Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle on Friday, but his ex-girlfriend asked a Kansas court Wednesday to issue a temporary protective order against him.
In the protective order request, Dalia Jacobs said Randle “has a history of being both physically and emotionally abusive towards me.
“I am frightened that he will do something to harm me and my child.”
She accused Randle of threatening to “blast” her friend’s vehicle in which their son was inside after pointing a gun at the friend.
The request was filed a day after Jacobs placed a 911 call to report domestic violence with a weapon at a downtown Wichita hotel.
Police did not find a weapon on the scene. However, they discovered one gram of marijuana in a room rented to Randle, who is from Wichita. They detained and issued Randle a drug citation, which is considered an arrest in Wichita even though Randle was not taken into custody.
The drug charge has been dropped, according to Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza, but police continue to investigate the domestic violence report.
“The Wichita police department takes domestic violence very seriously and are re-conducting interviews with parties involved that night,” Espinoza said. “Once those interviews are concluded, the department will take all the facts and present them to the district attorney’s office.”
Espinoza could not say whether Randle was cooperating with the investigation.
“There’s people being interviewed and I’m sure he’ll be one,” Espinoza said.
If Randle is charged with domestic violence, he could face a six-game suspension for a first offense under the NFL’s domestic violence policy.
Jacobs’ protective order request paints an unflattering picture of Randle the night of the incident, claiming he waved a handgun at a car with their son in it.
Jacobs also alleges that Randle smashed a car window with his fist, shattering glass across the couple’s son and one of Jacobs’ friends.
“The defendant has a violent temper and gets angry quickly,” the request read.
Espinoza refused to comment on specifics of the incident such as the broken window, saying: “We are still actively investigating it.”
The Cowboys had no comment Friday. Randle’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, could not be reached for comment regarding the latest developments.
Burkhardt posted on Twitter earlier this week about the Tuesday incident:
“There was zero “violence” of any kind, domestic or otherwise,” he wrote. “[Randle] was asking 3 ppl to exit his room, who didn’t want to leave. It was loud. Cops were called. Ticket issued. People and officer left. He went to bed.”
This incident comes less than four months after Randle was arrested in a Frisco mall on suspicion of misdemeanor theft. He was accused of attempting to steal underwear and cologne from a department store in October.
Randle called that incident “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life.”
“I have never got in any kind of trouble my whole life,” Randle said in October. “This is just something I have to learn from and move forward.”
The Cowboys said they would fine Randle “significantly” for the incident, but didn’t suspend him.
Randle rushed for 343 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries last season for the Cowboys, serving as DeMarco Murray’s primary backup.
The second-year pro, a former Oklahoma State and Wichita Southeast High School star, is a candidate to become the team’s No. 1 back should Murray leave in free agency.
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