Joseph Randle, former running back for Dallas Cowboys, officially charged with assault, kidnapping, and sodomy

He was charged on September 11 with two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, seven counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, and one count of aggravated battery


                            Joseph Randle, former running back for Dallas Cowboys, officially charged with assault, kidnapping, and sodomy

Joseph Randle, the former running back for th Dallas Cowboys, has been officially charged with rape in Wichita. He was charged on September 11 with two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, seven counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, and one count of aggravated battery. Randle was also charged with a probation violation and his probation was revoked in two other cases.

He was arrested on September 7 after authorities were called to an apartment complex by a 28-year-old woman who told them that she had been sexually assaulted by the former football player. A judge has now set his bond at $500,000 and ordered Randle to be back in court for a trial on September 27.

KAKE-TV reported that the former running back had been arrested at least seven times since 2016 and multiple times in the years before that as well. Randle was drafted out of Oklahoma State in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He then started in two games as a rookie and played six games in 2015, which was his third NFL season, before the Cowboys axed him from the team for an undisclosed reason.

Randle has been a troubled player since he was first drafted into the NFL (Getty Images)
Randle has been a troubled player since he was first drafted into the NFL (Getty Images)

After he was cut from the team, he was suspended from playing by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy, which meant that he would face a suspension if and when a particular team did decide to sign the troubled player. In October 2014, Randle was caught on camera shoplifting underwear and cologne from a department store. He was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana four months later but the charges were eventually dropped. 

After he was released from the NFL, his legal issues only mounted. He was arrested twice in February 2016 for speeding and trying to ram into partygoers with his car after he lost a round of beer pong. In July the same year, he was charged for damaging a television in the detention center while in prison.

In 2017, he was charged with assaulting a fellow inmate called Derrick 'Big Dirt' Cottner. According to Cowboys Wire, Randle was released from federal custody temporarily in June after he spent two years behind bars. He was sentenced to five years probation after he was convicted by a jury in April 2017.

He was scheduled to appear in court for his sentencing in October. The hearing will address two previous crimes that he confessed to which is interfering with a police officer and battery for the party incident in 2016.