NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Action off-the-field is once again gaining Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle a negative spotlight. Police in Wichita, Kansas arrested him on a drug charge after finding one gram of marijuana in his hotel room.
It didn’t take long for sports talk radio to light up with reaction.
Chris Arnold, a host on “G-Bag Nation” on 105.3 The Fan said, “The problem for him unfortunately becomes a character issue. He has an opportunity to be the lead running back for the Cowboys if they don’t make a deal with DeMarco Murray or another running back.”
Another host, Mike Basik, said, “I just don’t see how the Cowboys, they’re not going to release him. I don’t think they should release him. They should not sign this man to another contract again.”
According to police, officers were called to Randle’s hotel room at 3 a.m. Wednesday, after receiving a call from a woman inside his hotel room claiming they were arguing.
Authorities say the woman told them she was there so Randle could see his child. The call came in as a disturbance with a weapon, but say a friend took a handgun, and that there was no violence.
Randle’s agent, Erik Burkhardt issued a tweet saying —
Burkhardt also said —
Even though police arrested Randle, they didn’t take him into the police station. No word yet when he’ll have to appear in court on the misdemeanor drug charge.
It was about six months ago Randle was arrested and charged with shoplifting underwear and cologne from this Dillards, at Frisco’s Stonebriar Mall.
Randle has a plea hearing set for April 10 in Collin County court related to his charge last October.
Erin Patton is an adjunct professor of sports marketing at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business. “From an image standpoint, it has not been a great year for the NFL.”
Patton says though Randle faces two misdemeanor charges, it still adds up against the league. “Even though they appear to be small ripples, there is a ripple effect the NFL is feeling around player conduct, and it’s definitely something the league needs to address.”
An NFL spokesman tells me they are looking into Randle’s second arrest.
A Dallas Cowboys spokesman says they aren’t commenting at this time.
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