Former Dallas Cowboys Running Back Joseph Randle Committed To Mental Facility Following Six Arrests Involving Bizarre Behavior

Joseph Randle, former Dallas Cowboys running back, has gotten into a lot of trouble since being cut from the team very early in the 2014 season. The 24-year-old athlete seems to be suffering from a problem that has yet to be explained. It seems he cannot help himself in his battle against strange, compulsive, or impulsive behaviors that are repeatedly landing him in jail.

A Dallas Cowboys key player, Joseph Randle, started to act out soon after being cut from the Dallas Cowboys team. It seems to have begun in October, when Randle was arrested for shoplifting. It appears on TMZ video, he stole some underwear and cologne from Dillard’s. He put some Polo underwear from the men’s department and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne in his shopping bag without paying for them. He was caught, arrested, and sentenced to 6 months probation. Thus began Joseph Randle’s descent into what certainly appears to be mental illness, or at least a run of behavior that seems to indicate impaired judgment.

On November 24, Joseph Randle, former Dallas Cowboys running back, was again arrested. This time he was accused of assaulting a police officer just outside a casino in Kansas. TMZ reports that Joseph was asked to leave the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane after casino employees allegedly decided he was extremely drunk, disorderly, and belligerent inside the Casino. On the way out, he spit on the floor. Fred Walter with the Kansas gaming and Racing Commission explained to TMZ that Randle did leave initially, but returned. He was confronted by a security guard outside the Casino. It was at this time Joseph Randle physically attacked and fought with the security officer.

The Dallas Cowboys running back was then arrested on charges of felony criminal threats, criminal trespass, battery, disorderly conduct, assault on a law enforcement officer, and interference with a law enforcement officer. Joseph was later released after posting $25,000 bail.

On February 1 of this year, Joseph Randle, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested again after attempting to visit his old girlfriend and baby mama at 3 a.m. Apparently, he was just driving through the Texas neighborhood on the way back to Kansas, and thought he would drop by. He wanted to spend the night at his ex-girlfriend’s house, but instead she called the police. Residents ejected him from the home, and police had a warrant for his arrest on an old speeding ticket. This time though, bail was only $359.

The Dallas Cowboys running back found trouble again in February. He was attempting to run down three people with his car on the night of February 21. Then he chased them into a residence, forcing his way inside after them. He was arrested for three counts of aggravated assault, one count of drug possession, and one count of criminal damage February 21. His bail was set at $100,000.

After the most recent arrest, on a charge of failure to appear in court on March 6, TMZ reports the judge is forcing Randle to spend at least 30 days as an inpatient in a mental facility. Perhaps mental health professionals will be able to diagnose the old Cowboys player and find effective treatment for whatever is ailing the young football hero.

Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball. Randle was hapiest when he played for the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
the Oklahoma State Cowboys, before he played for the Dallas NFL team. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Running back Joseph Randle #1 played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, before he played for the Dallas NFL team. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Is this Dallas Cowboy riding out to pasture for good, or can he be cured? Will Joseph Randle get the help he so desperately needs? Whether his problem is substance related, concussion injury related, or he is simply acting out under extreme stress of losing his position with the Dallas Cowboys, no one yet knows, but perhaps his doctors will be able to discover the cause of Randle’s problems and help him overcome them. There is no known physical reason why he could not make a comeback in football once his mental health issues are diagnosed and resolved.

However, after this Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle’s behavior, his would have to assure any team he signed with that his situation, whatever it might be, was being effectively treated.

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