Joseph Randle’s shit year got even worse on Sunday when the former NFL running got himself hauled to jail once again.
Early Sunday morning, Randle ran three people over with is his car, according to police in Wichita, Kansas. After getting kicked out of a house party, Randle allegedly hit the two owners of the home and another man as he backed out of the driveway. Then he got out of his car and busted down the front door of the house. The two men and one woman who Randle hit with his car didn’t suffer any serious injuries.
In the past 12 months, the 24-year-old has been arrested four times, suspended four games by the NFL and cut by the Dallas Cowboys. His past transgressions include criminal trespass, trying to fight a casino security guard and shoplifting.
Despite his legal troubles, the 2015 NFL season was supposed to be a turning point for Randle. He came into the year expecting to split work with Darren McFadden, but wound up leading the team in carries in each of its first five games. But then something changed. A week six bye was followed by a two-carry game for Randle, who was then released. A week later he was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
It was a rapid decline for a third-year player expected to be an impact back. But a report from the Dallas Morning News earlier this month shed light on why the Cowboys were so eager to cut Randle: He was allegedly betting on sports. Though Cowboys owner JerryJones said there was no evidence Randle was betting on Cowboys games, betting on any sport at all is against NFL rules. Combine that with the "signs of mental instability" he was showing and the Cowboys, a team known for standing by miscreants, were done.
Last week, Randle vowed that his NLF career isn’t over. And while that’s technically true—he’s a free agent and could sign with any team—smart money is on him never seeing the field again.