Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle will still be able to play despite a recent shoplifting charge. Even though he will not be suspended for his actions, Dallas coach Jason Garrett said that Randle would still face a significant fine of $29,117, which is figured to be one week’s worth of pay from his base salary of $495,000.
Randle was arrested last Monday and accused of swiping $123 worth of underwear and cologne from Dillard’s department store located in the suburban Stonebriar Centre Mall. He faces a misdemeanor Class B theft of $50 to $500 charge. According to the arrest report, security officers watched through closed circuit surveillance cameras as Randle concealed underwear merchandise in a Dillard’s shopping bag after purchasing an item at the perfume counter. He then left the store and security stopped him in the parking lot. Officers recovered a two-pack of black Polo underwear and a full Gucci Guilty Black cologne tester bottle.
Coach Garrett said that backup running back Randle has taken complete responsibility for his actions. He stated that Randle made no excuses and offered no explanations. He also reported that Randle realizes that there are public consequences for his actions. Garrett reflected that it was poor decision-making on Randle’s part, and that he made it perfectly clear with Randle how poor of a decision it really was. With that said, Jason Randle will still play in the game the Dallas Cowboys have against the New York Giants this Sunday.
The shoplifting arrest occurred just after Randle had one of his best games in the last two seasons. The Dallas Cowboys had just scored a 30-23 victory win against the Seattle Seahawks. During that game, Randle achieved a key tackle during a late kickoff and ran a 38-yard play. He also recorded a season-high record of rushing of 52 yards on 5 carries. Randle is ranked in second place among the Cowboys running backs with a total of 113 rushing yards.
Executive Vice President Stephen Jones stated that Randle will face other consequences than just the large fine. Randle will also be looking at community service as well as other disciplinary actions the Dallas Cowboys organization will want him to do. Jones also stated that this whole incident explains why Randle fell in the draft – there were off-the-field issues of which Jones was aware, although he did not explain exactly what those issues were.
Jones also noted that this shoplifting incident is not the norm for Randle, elaborating that he considers Randle to be not only a good person, but also a great face for the Dallas Cowboys organization. He thinks that this will be a good learning experience for Randle. It will take some time for him to get back in the company’s good graces, but Randle has come a long way as a person, according to Jones. Because the Dallas Cowboys running back has accepted full responsibilities for his actions, the organization will allow Randle to play against the New York Giants despite the shoplifting charge against him.
By Valerie Bordeau
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