Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has partnered with underwear company MeUndies following his arrest for shoplifting underwear and cologne from a Dallas-area mall.
The Cowboys fined Randle $29,117 for his arrest, and MeUndies is expected to pay the running back enough to cover the fine as well as give him "all the underwear he needs for a long time."
In return, Randle will be a spokesperson for the company and donate $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in need. He will also make appearances at schools and charities in the Dallas area and talk to children about learning from their mistakes.
"Joseph felt the need to turn a negative situation into a positive and teamed up with MeUndies to give back to his community and help families in need," said Dan King, MeUndies head of marketing and business development.
According to ESPN, the Los Angeles-based company reached out to Randle's agent after hearing about the incident and talked about how they could turn it into a lesson for others.
"There is no excuse for my mistake last week, and I take full responsibility for my actions," Randle said. "My agent and I have spent a lot of time looking for ways I can turn my situation into a learning experience for young people."
"Partnering with MeUndies allows me the opportunity to give back to others less fortunate than myself, and spread a positive message of not making the same mistake twice."
Randle is the Cowboys' third-string running back behind league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray and third-year pro Lance Dunbar. He was not suspended for the arrest and head coach Jason Garrett said Randle will play Sunday when Dallas (5-1) hosts the New York Giants (3-3).
- Molly Geary