“Let Randle Loot! Let Randle Loot” the protestors rang out in unisom after Dallas Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle was arrested Monday night after Frisco police say he shoplifted a bottle of cologne and a pack of underwear from the Dillard’s at Stonebriar Mall. “It isn’t fair, it’s racist and its wrong!”
“Everyone knows a man like that can afford anything he wants. Being a football player is the most important thing you can be in today’s society. Of course he wasn’t shop lifting. He just forgot to pay!” said one rioter in the crowd.
Randle, 22, was booked into the Frisco City Jail on a Class B misdemeanor charge of theft. He was released early Tuesday after posting $350 bail, police said.
Officers were called to the Dillard’s department store at 8:17 p.m. after the store’s loss prevention employees detained Randle at the mall, Frisco police spokesman Chad LaPrelle said.
“This is a sham, it’s wrong, outrageous!” said one black man in the crowd. “Who doesn’t need to grab some underwear and cologne from time to time? I do it! We all do it!” said another.
Police said Randle attempted to steal a two-pack of Polo underwear worth $39.50 and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne valued at $84.
“All right, y’all got me,” was his first thought after he was confronted, he told Frisco police, according to his arrest report. Randle said he didn’t pay because he didn’t want to take the time to do it and told police he “should have just kept walking to his car if he knew he would be arrested,” the report states.
In an interview with KRLD-FM 105.3 earlier this month, Randle said he owns a couple of $1000 designer shoes.
“I dressed really nice when I didn’t have no money. You know what I’m saying?” he said in the audio clip published on TMZ’s website. “Yous Know Wha I’m SAAAYinnnn?”
When asked how the shoes make him feel, he said. “Make you feel good. Why not?”
The Dallas Cowboys have not publicly commented on the incident. Monday is the only day during the week that the team doesn’t practice.
According to the police report, the theft was captured on surveillance video. It shows Randle walking to the underwear section and dropping a packet of underwear into a Dillard’s bag from a previous purchase, police say.
A security officer — whom Randle referred to as “the old guy” — stopped Randle in the parking lot, and a store manager escorted him back to the store and recovered the items, which were valued at $123.50 before taxes.
Randle has a base salary of $495,000 for this season. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys out of Oklahoma State in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He’s behind DeMarco Murray on the depth chart and played a key role in the Cowboys’ win at Seattle on Sunday, rushing for 52 yards against the league’s top rushing defense. “He rushes for 52 yards a game, that’s worth half a million dollars for sure!” When asked about the low pay for teachers and engineers the team fan replied “sho that’s just bull”
Theft is listed as “conduct detrimental” under the NFL’s 2014 personal conduct policy, Randle is now subject to discipline. He could be fined and/or suspended.
Also, according to the league’s personal conduct policy, anyone arrested and/or charged “generally will be required to undergo a formal clinical evaluation.”
Based on the results of the evaluation, Randle “may be encouraged or required to participate in an education program, counseling or other treatment deemed appropriate by health professionals,” the policy states.