Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, who was caught shoplifting underwear and cologne last Tuesday at a mall in Frisco, Texas, is partnering with MeUndies to donate $15,000 worth of underwear and basic apparel to children in need in the Dallas area, ESPN reported. He will also talk to students at Dallas-area schools and charities about learning from their mistakes.
After shoplifting $123 worth of underwear and cologne from a Dillard’s Department Store, Randle was charged with a misdemeanor Class B theft. He wasn’t suspended by his team, but he was fined $29,500, a sum that amounts to a week of Randle’s earnings, ESPN said. MeUndies has agreed to pay Randle that amount.
“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," MeUndies spokesman Dan King said in a statement.
"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, according to USA Today. "There is no excuse for my mistake last week, and I take full responsibility for my actions," Randle said. "I let down my coaches, teammates, and family. 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."
MeUndies is also giving Randle a lifetime supply of underwear.