Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges, according to KAKE TV in Wichita. The Cowboys are in the midst of deciding whether to re-sign star running back DeMarco Murray, and one part of that calculation centered around Randle and his ability to step in as the lead back if they didn't re-sign Murray. Now, after a second arrest in less than a year, Randle's status on the team could be in doubt. Here is what we know according to KAKE:
Dallas Cowboys running back and Wichita native Joseph Randle was arrested in Wichita early this morning, police said. Randle was arrested after police responded to a domestic violence call in the 700 block of South Main at 3:00 a.m.
Police said a 22-year-old woman reported she and Randle were arguing in a hotel room. Officers found marijuana in the room. Randle was arrested on a drug charge.
The couple has a child together. The woman told police she was at the hotel so Randle could see his child. He was given a court date on a misdemeanor drug charge.
On the heels of his arrest for shoplifting, you really have to start questioning Randle's judgment. The Cowboys may decide he's more of a headache than he's worth to the team.
[UPDATE] According to sports agent Erik Burkhardt, Randle was not arrested but was ticketed and given a notice to appear, then the police officer left. Not sure if that would make any difference to the Cowboys.
Joseph Randle was NOT arrested. He was cited with a ticket, and the police officer then left his hotel room.— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) February 4, 2015
There was zero "violence" of any kind, domestic or otherwise. He was asking 3 ppl to exit his room, who didn't want to leave. (Cont)— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) February 4, 2015
It was loud. Cops were called. Ticket issued. People and officer left. He went to bed.— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) February 4, 2015
[UPDATE II] Michael David Smith from PFT called the Witchita Police, they term it an arrest. Either way, it sounds like semantics and the Cowboys and the NFL will likely treat it as an arrest.
I just called Wichita Police. They say Joseph Randle's agent is wrong and Randle was arrested.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) February 4, 2015
[END UPDATE II]