We are in the midst of a dawning of a new age for dramatic television. Cable television and the propensity of consumers to binge watch on mechanisms like Hulu and Netflix have upped the ante and given us instant classics like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and dozens of other riveting shows.
The newest "next level" on television is actual post game-style shows for these programs, with actors, directors, critics, and the like breaking down what we just saw for the previous sixty minutes on shows like The Talking Dead. We don't just crave granular follow up, we need granular follow up.
The equivalent in my NFL Fantasy Crime League for the detailed follow up of an episode is the release of the 9-1-1 call, so for those of you who were waiting for the follow up post game show (call it Talking Turd) on Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, you got your wish yesterday.
If you recall, Randle was involved in an incident about a week ago at a hotel in Wichita involving the mother of his infant son, in which police found a small amount of marijuana (for which Randle was cited) and came away still investigating the incident for a possible domestic violence charge.
The three 9-1-1 calls, which were released to the Wichita Eagle as a result of an open records request, tell a story in which Randle brandished a gun, broke a car window and threw away a large amount of marijuana because police were coming. Two of the calls were placed by Randle's former girlfriend and mother of his child, Dalia Jacobs.
In the first call, Jacobs told the dispatcher Randle had "pointed the gun at the mother of his child," which in actuality was her, but she went third person because she didn't want Randle to know it was her placing the call (Jacobs knowledge of open records laws, slightly lacking, I suppose).
"He has a lot of weed," Jacobs said a short time later. "Joseph Randle just broke a window." She urged the dispatcher to get someone to the hotel "as soon as possible," before admitting she was indeed the mother of Randle's son, but she asked the dispatcher not to tell Randle who called 9-1-1.
Jacobs told the dispatcher Randle had a gun in the trunk of his car (a black Challenger), but that he wasn't outside the hotel with her. Jacobs also indicated Randle was throwing away weed "because [he is] scared." The call was cut short when she said, "He's coming. I have to go. I'm scared. Bye-bye."
Here is the call...
There was a second 9-1-1 call made by another woman after that, in which she urged the dispatcher to send help before spewing profanities and hanging up.
Then, in a third 9-1-1 call, Jacobs told the dispatcher it was all a big misunderstanding and that it wasn't necessary to send officers after all. "You guys don't have to worry about it," Jacobs told the dispatcher. "We just talked it out. It's fine. Everything is fine. We just talked to him, and he's fine now. Please don't come."
So if you're keeping track, an incident that involved a gun, a window of a car being busted out (and drawing blood), and enough weed to where the suspects were having to visibly dispose of it was all just a big misunderstanding. (Side bar: This would be the most compelling "misunderstanding" episode of Three's Company EVER.)
The dispatcher told Jacobs he couldn't stop the police from responding to a call involving a weapon. (NOTE: The police have a higher bar to clear than Jacobs when it comes to "misunderstandings".) Jacobs insisted the car with the marijuana had left and that the gun was no longer there.
Here is Jacobs second 9-1-1 call...
Despite everything being "fine now," Jacobs requested a protective order Wednesday against Randle, who grew up in Wichita, accusing him of being physically and emotionally abusive toward her. (NOTE: NOT fine.)
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Randle's attorney, Gary Ayers, issued a statement over the weekend that said Randle regretted being involved in a party that ended with Wichita police being called:
"A woman who was present at the party has filed a protection from abuse lawsuit, which Randle believes to have no merit," Ayers said. "Randle asked the woman to leave the party and go home, which she refused to do. Contrary to the woman's allegations, Randle did not threaten her or brandish a gun at any time."
Even if the extent of Randle's legal woes are the citation for weed and the domestic violence investigation dead ends, Randle will almost certainly have a day in Roger Goodell's NFL Conduct Policy court, and the bar for avoiding discipline will likely be tougher to clear than society's bar.