Former Dallas Cowboys running back listed as ‘critical missing’ person

Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle Published 8:55 pm, Monday, February 12, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-7', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 7', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images Image 1of/7 CaptionClose Image 1 of 7 Dallas police are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Dallas police are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images Image 2 of 7 Police in Dallas are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Police in Dallas are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Photo: Dallas Police Department Image 3 of 7 Dallas police are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Dallas police are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Photo: TIM SHARP, Associated Press Image 4 of 7 Dallas police are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Dallas police are searching for former Dallas Cowboys running back Lincoln Coleman, who was last seen days ago. Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboys must find fast fix with 4 missing stars

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott will miss at least the next three games depending on the next legal round in the Dallas Cowboys running back's fight over his six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence.It's likely the same for kicker Dan Bailey because of a groin injury, and could be another game or two for Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith (groin, back) and 2016 All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee after he tweaked a hamstring in the 27-7 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.The absence of four of the most important Cowboys showed up in various ways against the Falcons, and raises questions about the defending NFC East champions staying in contention with division-leading Philadelphia visiting Sunday night."When you have really good players, some of the best in the league and they're not out there, certainly that makes a difference," tight end Jason Witten said. "We believe in our system of football offensively and defensively. It's harder when your key players aren't out there."The most glaring absence was Smith: Replacement Chaz Green gave up five of Adrian Clayborn's franchise-record six sacks for Atlanta. Green was benched for Byron Bell, who gave up the last one. The Cowboys, who allowed eight sacks of Dak Prescott, had never given up more than four to one player in a game.Dallas (5-4) figures at least to have a competition between those two in practice this week before facing the Eagles (8-1), who can virtually wrap up the division title with a win."I'm not going to lose confidence in any of them from one game," Prescott said. "As I said, I'm not going to put everything on them. I'm going to look back at the film and see what we could've done better as a unit."Clayborn and his fellow defensive linemen might have had more focus on Prescott because they didn't have to worry as much about the Dallas running game without Elliott. And besides that, Elliott is considered a strong pass-blocker.Alfred Morris didn't show much beyond a 20-yard run, and Dallas' 1,000-yard Continue Reading

Union seeks to block ruling so Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys running back, can play

NEW YORK — The union for NFL players has turned to a federal appeals court in its quest to let Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott play Sunday at home against Kansas City as he fights his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. Union lawyers say Elliott's suspension should be delayed until the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the issue. League lawyers had no immediate comment. The NFL Players Association first asked U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla to suspend her Monday ruling reinstating the suspension during an appeal. But she refused Tuesday, so the file was moved to the appeals court. The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the league investigated several alleged physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with his then-girlfriend. The union told Failla that she erred by ruling that the NFL's claims were supported by federal labor law because the league followed the collective bargaining agreement in suspending Elliott. Lawyers for the NFLPA said Failla was the first judge ever to have "concluded that professional athletes with short career spans do not face irreparable harm" when suspensions are enforced before appeals options have been exhausted. The judge had concluded that some of the reasons for Elliott's claim that he'll suffer irreparable harm during a suspension were "far too speculative" given all the variables, including the Cowboys' overall offensive performance, his opponents' defensive showing and Elliott's health. The union also said Failla made erroneous legal conclusions that deserve review by a three-judge appeals panel, particularly after an "unjust and fundamentally unfair arbitration." If Failla's ruling is not blocked, Elliott will not be eligible to return until the team's final three games, starting Dec. 17 at Oakland. The Cowboys (4-3), defending NFC East champions, are in second place in the division. Earlier in October, a federal appeals Continue Reading

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games for violating NFL’s personal conduct policy

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, the league announced Friday. The punishment comes more than a year after the NFL began investigating domestic violence allegations against the 22-year-old, who was neither arrested nor charged with a crime. Six games is the benchmark suspension mandated under the league's domestic violence policy. Elliott has three business days to file notice of an appeal, which he will do. A hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the appeal notice. The running back took to Twitter on Friday night to release a statement on the NFL's ruling. "I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League's findings," Elliot said. "I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans - for that I am sincerely sorry. I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given." Elliott's attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum, said they are "extremely disappointed in the NFL's decision" regarding their client. "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence," Friday's statement said. The Cowboys open their season against the Giants in Dallas on Sept. 10, a game which Elliott will now most likely miss. In July 2016, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, accused him of assaulting her five times over a six-day period in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson sparked a police investigation when she posted pictures of bruises of her body on Instagram and tagged Elliott. She subsequently deleted the photos. Elliott Continue Reading

SEE IT: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott exposes woman’s breast during Dallas St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Not the breast idea. At a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas, Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott pulled a woman’s shirt down exposing her breasts for all to see at the celebration, according to TMZ. Elliott was on the roof of a bar next to the woman who was motioning to her breasts, while Elliott was sipping a beer right next to her. The Cowboys running back then reached over and pulled down her shirt, briefly revealing one of her breasts before she quickly covered up. TMZ spoke to Elliott’s rep who said the woman wasn’t bothered by the incident. She continued to hang out with Elliott following the parade along with her friends. Although the rep says it was all in good fun, Elliott's history has left the door open for criticism. In July 2016, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, accused him of assault. She posted photos showing bruises on her arms and legs on her Instagram account, before later deleting the posts. Elliott was interviewed by the league, but was never punished. According to ESPN, the league is still reviewing Elliott's case and he could possibly be punished by the NFL for the 2017 season. NBC's ProFootballTalk reports the NFL has no comment on Elliott's actions at the parade. Continue Reading

Cowboys running back Joseph Randle arrested on pot charge months after underwear theft

(AP) — Dallas running back Joseph Randle has been arrested for the second time in less than four months, this time on suspicion of marijuana possession after a domestic violence call to police in his hometown in Kansas. Wichita police spokesman Lt. James Espinoza said Randle was arrested early Tuesday after the 22-year-old mother of Randle’s child called 911 to report she fought with him in a hotel room. Espinoza said the woman showed no signs of being injured. She was there so Randle could see his child. The 23-year-old Randle was arrested after a small amount of marijuana was found, and he was ordered to appear in court in three weeks on the possession charge. He wasn’t taken into custody. VIDEO SHOWS RANDLE ASKING BOOKING OFFICER FOR MASSAGE Espinoza said there was a report of a weapon being involved, but police couldn’t find one and were told another man left with a handgun. An investigation is continuing. It’s the second arrest since October for Randle, who faced a misdemeanor 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. The Cowboys didn’t immediately comment on the incident, and Randle’s agent didn’t return messages seeking comment. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press that the league “will look into it.” Randle is the backup to 2014 NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray, who is set to become a free agent. He 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. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Cowboys running back Joseph Randle arrested for stealing underwear and cologne: report

Eau de stupidity. A third-string Cowboys running back was busted Monday after he allegedly stole cologne and underwear from a Texas department store. Joseph Randle swiped $80 worth of merchandise from Dillard’s in Frisco, Texas, Monday night, cops allege. Frisco Police told Dallas’ KRLD that the 22-year-old running back was confronted by the store’s loss-prevention team shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday night. He was charged with misdemeanor theft and released on bond early Tuesday morning. Randle helped himself to a tester bottle of Bucci Guilty Black and a two-pack of black Polo underwear, a source told TMZ Sports. A second-year pro, Randle is making $495,000 for the Cowboys this season. ON YOUR PHONE? SEE THE VIDEO HERE Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Following arrest for stealing underwear and cologne, Cowboys running back Joseph Randle partners with MeUndies

Sometimes, crime does pay. Joseph Randle, the Dallas Cowboys running back that was caught shoplifting underwear and cologne last week, has partnered with MeUndies. "In partnership with MeUndies, Joseph Randle will be donating upwards of $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in the Dallas Area," MeUndies said in a statement. The company will pay Randle "enough to defray the cost of the $29,500 fine" he was hit with last week, reported. “He saw this partnership as an opportunity to turn a negative situation into a positive and teamed up with MeUndies to give back to his community and help families in need." Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft after shoplifting $123 worth of merchandise from a Dillard's in Frisco, Texas. He called it “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life” and said last week that it was hard to walk back into the locker room knowing that all of his teammates knew he “did something stupid.” Randle wasn’t suspended for his crime — though he was fined one week’s pay — and is available for the Cowboys Sunday afternoon when they face the Giants. "Every mistake can be a teaching opportunity if you are willing to take advantage of it," the statement from MeUndies continued. "And that's what we plan to do." Now it appears he'll have all the underwear he'll ever need. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Video shows Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle asking booking officer for a massage

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — As he being booked on a shoplifting charge, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle offered $100 for a massage and wondered aloud if his arrest would make the news. KTVT-TV on Wednesday night aired the video of Randle at the Frisco City Jail following his Oct. 13 arrest. Randle was charged with misdemeanor theft after being accused of stealing cologne and underwear from a Dallas-area department store. In the video, Randle is heard asking a booking officer: “If I give you $100, can you give me a massage?” The officer replies: “No.” Randle also says: “Hey, is this going to be on the news, you think?” The player was later freed on bond. The Cowboys fined Randle an undisclosed amount following his arrest. MOBILE USERS: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Former Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett calls Cam Newton frenzy a ‘modern-day lynching’

It's lunch time Friday in Dallas and Tony Dorsett is fuming. The former Cowboys star running back and Hall of Famer is talking about Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate who has been at the center of allegations that he, along with his father Cecil, solicited cash for his services from Mississippi State and other schools, and that he turned in fraudulent school work while at the University of Florida. Dorsett, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1976 while at Pittsburgh, hates what he's hearing, and thinks there is a calculated attack underway of Newton and the Auburn University. "I think it's a witch hunt. It's a modern-day lynching of an athlete," says Dorsett. "I mean come on. If there was something going on they would have had to know about it way in advance. Why all of a sudden the school gets some success and he's successful, he's one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy, then all of a sudden all this comes to the forefront?" None of these allegations will change Dorsett's Heisman vote, which, if asked for it today, he would cast for Newton. "I just think it's ridiculous what they're doing to the young man," says Dorsett. "Nothing has been proven just yet to my knowledge… He's a hell of an athlete and it's just a bad situation right now and it's unfortunate the timing of this. This is a young man. This is a life we're talking about." Dorsett is semi-retired after a brilliant career in Dallas, and a short-lived stint in Denver. He left the game as the NFL's second-leading rusher behind only Walter Payton with 12,739 yards (he currently ranks 8th), 90 total touchdowns and one Super Bowl title. Dorsett is 56 now, and still lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Janet, and three daughters (his son Anthony played 8 seasons in the NFL with the Titans and Raiders). Dorsett says his main job these days is being a husband and a father, but he also works for a company promoting a new disinfectant called IV-7. But Continue Reading