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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle ‘assaults fellow inmate in jail’

February 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle ‘assaults fellow inmate in jail’

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The legal problems of a former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle keep on piling on.

Randle was charged Wednesday with attacking a fellow inmate in the Wichita, Kansas jail where he’s been in custody since June for reportedly plowing his car into a crowd of partygoers.

The latest charges stem from a Friday altercation with fellow inmate Derrick “Big Dirt” Cottner, according to the Wichita Eagle.

“The state is charging me for running from somebody?” the 25-year-old ex-running back asked District Judge Jeff Goering over video from the Sedgwick County Jail, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“The state is charging you with aggravated battery and disorderly conduct,” the judge replied.

“For getting punched in the face,” Randle responded wistfully.

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been charged with assaulting a fellow inmate

“I don’t know the facts of the case,” Judge Goering replied. “I’m here to tell you what you’re being charged with, when your court date is and what your bond is.”

Prosecutors assert that Joseph Randle attacked Cottner, whose known aliases include “Big Dirt,” “Dirty” and “Dirt G,” on Friday in Pod 6 of the county jail.

Cottner, 32, is serving time for burglary, battery, and weapons charges, and has prior convictions for drugs and assault.

At the Wednesday hearing, Randle gave his account of events, claiming that Cottner “seemed frustrated” that a court date had been suspended, and stated that “he punched me in the face. I defended myself. I ran into my room.”

Bond was established at $7,500, although bond in his prior case was revoked after Randle failed to appear in court while he was out release.

The Wichita native is now facing five pending criminal cases in Kansas, where prosecutors also allege that he purposely hit people with a vehicle after he was asked to leave a housewarming party; dodged police attempts to serve him with a warrant; threatened to kill a deputy, and destroyed a jail television.

Randle is newly charged with battering fellow jail inmate Derrick ‘Big Dirt’ Cottner

According to testimony, Joseph Randle grew enraged at a housewarming party while playing a game of beer pong last February.

The party’s host testified that Randle fought with another player who had used a racial slur, but whom Randle didn’t consider “black enough” to say the word.

After the host had tried to kick Randle out of the party, the ex-Cowboys player drove into the man and his sister with a black Honda, causing minor injuries.

Randle reportedly then kicked in the door of the home and yelled to the other partygoers, “Who else wants some? Who else wants to come outside?”

The incident occurred just after he was released from the Cowboys as a free agent, and received a four-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy in regards to an unrelated arrest in February 2015.

Randle has rejected all of the pending charges against him.

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