Bond denied for former Dallas Cowboy

Joseph Randle hearing (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle made an appearance in Sedgwick County Court on Friday.

Randle appeared with his attorney asking the judge to change his bond.  Randle’s attorney asked that he be released to his family instead of the NFL Players Association.

But the judge wasn’t having it.

“I’m not negotiating bond conditions with Mr. Randle. He is not calling the plays here,” said Judge Kevin O’Connor, 18th Judicial District Court.

The state argued that because of Randle’s previous behavior he shouldn’t be released without conditions.

“I understand there is a presumption of innocence, but the state has been opposed to releasing Randle again because he demonstrated when he didn’t comply with law enforcement that time, and this court’s order and his bondsman and all of that, that he is a risk to this community,” said prosecutor Alice Osburn.

Back in March, Randle was arrested after failing to appear in court. His bond was set at $150,000. It was his sixth arrest in the last two years. Randle was fighting to be released to his family. If Randle pays the bond, the judge wants him to be released to an NFL treatment facility.

“It is not my job to satisfy corporate lawyers,” said Judge O’Connor. “There is a reason why Mr. Randle needs to be released directly to NFL security or NFL Players Association or somebody that is going to transport him to this facility, and it’s because of Mr. Randle’s behavior, not anybody else.”

Randle played high school football at Southeast Wichita High School before moving on to Oklahoma State. He went on to play for the Cowboys. He was released from the NFL last fall.

Randle Arrest History

  • October 2014: Randle arrested for shoplifting at Stonebriar Centre Mall in Dallas
  • February 2015: Randle arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana in Wichita
  • November 2015: Randle arrested at Kansas Star Casino
  • February 2016: Randle arrested in Texas for speeding warrant
  • February 2016: Randle arrested in Wichita after trying to run over three people
  • March 2016: Randle arrested for failing to appear in court stories on Joseph Randle

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