When you are a professional athlete of any kind, gambling on any sport, especially your own, is frowned upon and banned in most cases. Just ask Pete Rose, who has been given a lifetime ban from the MLB for gambling on the team played for and coached during his career.
It looks like one former Dallas Cowboy running back has felt the wrath of what gambling can do to you. Joseph Randle was released from the team midseason, partially because of his gambling problem, and it looks like he could have been gambling on sports.
At last week’s Senior Bowl, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones talked about Randle, but indicated that he didn’t think he was gambling on their games or doing anything to influence their outcome.
“Not to my knowledge, not in any way,” Jones told ESPN.
“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.”
Jones commented on Randle having a problem with gambling and that it was possibly affecting his mental health. He then went on to claim that the team had no knowledge of the gambling problem prior to the start of the 2015 season.
“All of that became apparent to us right during the season,” Jones said. “Not before the season. It became real acute, a combination of things. Some issues … became more apparent.”
It looks like Randle has a lot to take care of if he wants another shot in the NFL. Let’s all hope he gets the help he needs so we can see him back out on the field.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports