IRVING, Texas - During the Dallas Cowboys' 30-23 upset win in Seattle on Sunday, Cowboys running back Joseph Randle tackled Seahawks' return man Percy Harvin with an especially nasty, but clean hit during a second-half kick return.
I asked Randle after the game where that hit came from.
"Just trying to eat," he said with a smile, meaning he is trying to get paid and do his job.
On Monday night, the Cowboys second-year running back from Oklahoma State was busted for shoplifting. He reportedly stole a pair some boxer shorts, and some cologne from a Dillard's Department store. He did not steal shoes.
Now ... on Friday, three days before this arrest, Randle and I were talking about silly stuff in the Cowboys' locker room as he was putting on a pair of nice, new, expensive Jordan brand shoes. Randle knew he was being recorded, and said the office at his home is loaded with more than 200 shoes.
"It's the size of a regular room. I have shoe racks all the way around," he told me. "It's like a shoe room/office for me. When I want to pick my shoes out, I just pick them out."
There are varities of shoes in this room, from casual to the active to the high end. The most expensive pair of shoes he owns, he said, "I have a couple thousand dollar pair of shoes. Just goin' out, Gucci shoes."
He thought that pair cost about $1,000.
"I wont go over $1,000," he said.
I told him that it was good for him to draw the line.
"Yeah - you gotta draw the line," he said laughing. "I dressed really nice when I didn't have any money. It makes you feel good. Why not?"
Randle's salary this season is $495,000. The two items he stole are reportedly worth a combined $130.
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