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Randle’s attorney says Cowboys back denies violence allegations

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is facing legal issues in his hometown of Wichita, Kan.
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is facing legal issues in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. Star-Telegram

Joseph Randle’s attorney issued a statement Saturday in which he denies allegations that the Dallas Cowboys running back threatened his ex-girlfriend and brandished a gun during a dispute early Tuesday morning at a downtown Wichita hotel.

The full statement from Gary L. Ayers of Wichita, Kan., reads: “Joseph Randle regrets that he was recently involved in a party in a Wichita, Kansas hotel that ended with the Wichita Police being called. There are no criminal charges. A woman who was present at the party has filed a protection from abuse lawsuit, which Randle believes to have no merit. Randle asked the woman to leave the party and go home, which she refused to do.

“Contrary to the woman’s allegations, Randle did not threaten her or brandish a gun at any time. Randle has retained counsel who will contact the Wichita police to offer cooperation with any further investigation they may want to conduct. Until that time, Randle has been advised by counsel to not discuss the incident. He very much appreciates the many statements of support from his family, friends, and fans.”

Charlie O’Hara, the attorney for Dalia JacobsRandle’s ex-girlfriend, said she has spoken to police multiple times and done media interviews.

“Our client swore under oath to the facts of the incident,” O’Hara said. “Mr. Randle only speaks through his attorney. If he truly has not done anything against the law, why doesn’t he talk to the media?”

In the protective order request made by Jacobs, on Wednesday, she stated that 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 a passenger after pointing a gun at the friend. A temporary request was granted by a Kansas court.

Early Tuesday, Jacobs placed a 911 call to report domestic violence with a weapon at a hotel room rented to Randle.

Police did not find a weapon on the scene. They discovered one gram of marijuana in the room, though, 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 since been dropped, according to Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza, but police continue to investigate the domestic violence report.

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.

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, 23, 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.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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