Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jay Ratliff NT Dallas Cowboys

Usually when one of your teammates, especially at the same position, kills another teammate in a drunk driving accident you'll step back and rethink the decision to get in your car after drinking.

That appears to not be the case with Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff. The oft-injured Cowboy was arrested and charged with DWI following an accident that occurred early Tuesday. Ratliff allegedly crashed his truck into a 18 wheeler. His allegedly merged from the center lane into the semi and then struck a median protector.  He then failed multiple field sobriety tests showing 12 signs of intoxication. Police noted that he smelled like alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes. Ratliff refused a breathalyzer and had blood drawn after police acquired a search warrant - more than 2 hours after the accident. Ratliff allegedly was cooperative at first but then became verbally abusive multiple times towards the police officers after the arrest.

This arrest comes just 6 weeks after Cowboys NT Josh Brent killed Cowboys special teams linebacker Jerry Brown in a one car drunk driving accident.

Update: Police released some information regarding the arrest,and the Cowboys have finally released a statement as well.

Police stated that Ratliff, after crashing and damaging his truck into an 18 wheeler, failed three field sobriety tests and refused to provide a breath specimen. A search warrant for Ratliffs blood came at 2:55 A.M. and after 2 1/2 hours following the accident Ratliff had a BAC of .16, double the legal limit.

A consultant in the teams player development department, Calvin Hill,  released this statement after Ratliff met with owner Jerry Jones:

“Having recently experienced the most tragic of circumstances regarding this issue, we, as an organization, understand the ultimate consequences of driving while impaired. We know that one incident is too many. The critical goal is to effect the decision making process in the hours before the wrong decision is made.  
 Our player assistance programs in the areas of preventing incidents such as these are at the highest level in professional sports, but we are always looking to do better and for ways to improve. We will continue to draw upon the best expertise and resources available, both internally and from outside the organization, to work toward being the best in the areas of education, prevention, and effecting the right decisions. 
 We have been in communication with Jay Ratliff regarding this incident, and we will monitor the legal process and work within the NFL guidelines for player behavior moving forward.”

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