Startling report says 24-year-old player the Cowboys cut mid-season was gambling on sports and having 'delusions'

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The Dallas Cowboys' decision to cut 24-year-old running back Joseph Randle was one of the strangest stories of the 2015 NFL season.

Randle, the starter at running back, was having a lackluster season when some combination of personal affairs, injury, and insult caused him to disappear from the Cowboys' training facility when the Cowboys wanted to work out some issues with him.

Shortly after, the Cowboys cut him.

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Now, a startling report from Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News says that Randle's life had been unraveling and that he had been betting on sports during the 2015 season.

George says four sources told the Morning News that Randle had been placing wagers on sports events in 2015. Combined with increasing signs of mental instability, the Cowboys eventually decided to cut ties with Randle.

With the report comes a bizarre story in which Randle called the cops in October over fears that his girlfriend was in trouble. From George:

Randle phoned the Irving police department at 12:35 p.m. on Oct. 28. Department spokesman James McClellan said the running back asked that police go to his home to perform a welfare check on his then-girlfriend, Avina Rodriguez. Randle told police he had found her cellphone in his car and was concerned that someone had broken into his house.

McClellan said Randle met the police at his home and handed over the keys for them to check inside. It turned out Rodriguez was at school. Since there was no suspicion of criminal activity, no report was written up, McClellan said.

McCellan told George that Randle" admitted to officers that he was having delusions... He said that he was delusional, that he was imagining the whole thing."

Since being cut, Randle's troubles haven't slowed down. On Monday morning, Randle was arrested over an outstanding speeding warrant, his fourth arrest in 17 months.

In November, three weeks after the Cowboys cut Randle, he was arrested at a casino for becoming "belligerent" on the casino floor. George reports that Randle was charged with four misdemeanors — two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal trespass and one count of resisting arrest.

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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 14: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cowboys defeated the Titans 26-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 14: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cowboys defeated the Titans 26-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (21) and defensive back Jakar Hamilton (23) work through a play during a walk-through practice during Dallas Cowboys Summer Training Camp Thursday August 14, 2014 in Oxnard, Calif. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (21) is wrapped up by the Baltimore Ravens' Lorenzpo Taliaferro during the first quarter in preseason action on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Steve Nurenberg/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys battles for extra yards while being tackled by Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions after a first quarter catch at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 6: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys warming up before a game against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 51-48. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 6: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys warming up before a game against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 51-48. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Joseph Randle of Oklahoma State in action during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys prepares to throw the ball before the start of their preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 27: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Ricardo Allen #37 of the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 27: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after the Atlanta Falcons beat the Cowboys 39-28 at AT&T Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 21: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Indianapolis Colts tries to position for the tackle in the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 4: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys tosses the ball after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of a game at Soldier Field on December 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 19: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys warming up before a game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 31-21. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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This follows a troublesome 2014 season in which Randle was arrested for shoplifting at a mall, then an incident months later in which he allegedly pointed a gun at his ex-girlfriend during a domestic violence incident then later was found with possession of marijuana. According to George, the drug charges were dropped and there was a lack of evidence to charge Randle for the domestic violence incident.

Though George couldn't get in contact with Randle, Randle did text Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram and said there's "no truth at all" to the gambling reports.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' comments on the matters don't clear up any of the confusion on the reports of gambling. At the Senior Bowl last week, Jones said, "[Randle's issues] became apparent to us right during the season. Not before the season. It became real acute, a combination of things. Some issues ... became more apparent"

When asked if there was evidence that Randle bet on NFL games, Jones said, "At this time, no."

He also added, "There are certain types of gambling that you can't do as a player. Obviously you can't be involved in ... anything that we're competing in, and I've never heard of anything like that." However, Jones did reference Randle's last game with the Cowboys in which he left with an injury, rode a stationary bike on the sideline, but never returned.

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"I've never suspected in any way a relationship between that [and gambling]. I just thought he was [hurt], but I do believe at that time that his entire lifestyle and the whole thing was piling up on him," Jones said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told George the NFL had no knowledge that Randle ever placed wagers on sporting events.

According to George, the "final straw" with Randle came when the Cowboys asked him to seek outside help for some of his problems, and he refused.

George reports the NFL is keeping a close eye on Randle for his well-being.

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