Police say they are investigating a domestic abuse claim against Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle made by an ex-girlfriend a day after his arrest at a Kansas hotel on a drug charge.
The 22-year-old mother of Randle's child filed for a protective order Wednesday in district court in Wichita, Kansas, saying the incident occurred the same night the 23-year-old Randle was arrested on a marijuana possession charge at a hotel after a woman called 911.
He was not taken into custody Tuesday on the drug charge. No charges related to domestic violence have been filed.
Police dropped the marijuana charge Friday, but spokesman Lt. James Espinoza says other charges are possible.
"We feel that there's more to it than just a marijuana charge," Espinoza said. "We want to have the ability to present all of the charges, instead of just one."
In the protective order, Dalia Jacobs said Randle threatened to "blast the vehicle" with their son inside. She said Randle first pointed a gun at her friend. Jacobs wrote in the request that Randle smashed the windshield of the car with his fist, "causing glass to shatter across my friend and my child."
Randle's agent, Erik Burkhardt, declined to comment on the drug charge being dropped. He didn't respond to a later request for comment on the protective order. The Cowboys declined comment.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was looking into the incident. Two months ago, the NFL announced a revamped personal conduct policy that included adding someone to oversee cases of domestic violence. No hiring has been announced.
On the night of Randle's arrest, Jacobs wrote in her filing, the Cowboys' backup became angry and Jacobs told her friend to take her son to the friend's car. She said Randle took a gun out of his vehicle and approached the car with her friend in the driver's seat and the child in the passenger's seat.
"He told me at this point that he was going to 'blast the vehicle,'" wrote Jacobs, who wasn't in the car. "My friend tried to cover up my child with her body."
Jacobs alleged in the filing that Randle has a violent temper and gets angry quickly, and that he has a history of abusing her physically and emotionally.
"I am frightened that he will do something to harm me and my child," she wrote.
Espinoza said there were inconsistencies in some of the statements, which was part of the reason the marijuana charge was dropped.
No gun was found at the scene, and police said they were told that another man left the scene with a gun.
"We take domestic violence seriously," Espinoza said. "There could be other charges, including for anybody who was at the scene."
It was the second arrest since October for Randle, who faced a misdemeanour shoplifting charge at a Dallas-area mall after police in the suburb of Frisco say he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store.
Randle is the backup to 2014 NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray, who is set to become a free agent. Randle had 343 yards rushing and three touchdowns in his second season. A fifth-round draft pick in 2013 after skipping his final season at Oklahoma State, Randle has two years remaining on his four-year, $2.3 million rookie contract.
AP Staff Writer Bill Draper in Kansas City, Missouri, and AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York contributed to this report.
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