Jail tape shows Joseph Randle joking

ByTim MacMahon ESPN logo
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle cracked jokes and acted flippantly while being booked in the Frisco, Texas, city jail following his Oct. 13 arrest for shoplifting, footage obtained by CBS affiliate KTVT shows.

"If I give you $100, can you give me a massage?" Randle asked a female jail employee, who replied with a stern, "No."

Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor after stealing underwear and a tester bottle of cologne from a Dillard's in Stonebriar Centre Mall. The retail value of the items was $123.50.

Randle, who was wearing a white tank top and black pants, mocked concern about his appearance for his booking mug shot.

"Take a good picture," Randle said. "I'm not about to look like I'm a criminal in this mug shot. How's my mug shot look?"

Randle also asked why height and weight weren't listed on mug shots.

"This is not a damn trading card," a male jail employee responded.

Randle was reprimanded for making an unauthorized phone call. He was heard telling the person on the line to leave the door unlocked for him.

"Do you want to get you another charge on you? Are you crazy?" a female jail employee asked, ending the phone call.

During an authorized phone call, Randle mentioned that he needed an attorney to get him bonded out so he could attend practice the next day.

Later on, Randle did express some concern about the potential consequences of his arrest.

"Hey, is this gonna be on the news, you think?" Randle asked.

Randle, whose base salary this season is $495,000, struck a much more conciliatory tone after meeting with coach Jason Garrett and apologizing in a team meeting two days later. The Cowboys fined Randle one game check, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, although he recouped that money by signing an endorsement deal with Los Angeles underwear company MeUndies.

"It's the biggest mistake I've ever made in my life," Randle said two days after his arrest. "I've never gotten in any kind of trouble in my whole life. This is just something I'll have to learn from and move forward."

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