IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle apologized to his teammates and family Wednesday after his arrest on a charge of shoplifting at an area department store.
"This is the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life," Randle said before a group of reporters in the Cowboys’ practice facility. "I’ve never got in any kind of trouble in my whole life. This is just something I have to learn from and move forward."
Randle was arrested Monday and charged with a Class B misdemeanor for allegedly shoplifting a package of underwear and a tester bottle of cologne valued at $123.
"I really just made a huge mistake," Randle said. "I disappointed a lot of people who really care about me, like my brothers on the team, coaches around here, this whole organization. People who have supported me, my family, my dad, I let a lot of people down. I’ll just try my best to make it up to them and do whatever I’ve got to do to get past this."
Earlier Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Randle would be fined by the team but will still be allowed to play in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
"It means a lot to be able to be out there on my team," Randle said. "I love this game and I love the team I play for. I try my best to try to rep the star the right way and I didn’t do that. I’m going to try my best to make it up to my teammates and all of the people that really care about me."
Randle, a fifth-round draft pick last season, had one of the bigger plays in last Sunday’s 30-23 win over the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Randle had the longest run of the game, 38 yards, and rushed for 52 yards on five carries.
He’s also made a mark on coverage units on special teams with two solo tackles and an assist this season.
Randle said he spoke to his teammates about the incident.
"It was hard coming back in the locker room, looking people that care about me in the eyes, knowing I did something stupid," Randle said.
"I had to address the issue and we’re trying to move forward from it. This is not a distraction from the team, we’re just trying to get ready and keep winning like we’ve been doing. We’re playing our rival team the Giants this week, that’s what we’re trying to focus on now."