Dallas Cowboys Need To Release Jay Ratliff After DWI Arrest

By Ben Grimaldi
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It’s never a good time to be arrested, but it might be worse if you’re a member of the Dallas Cowboys. In December, defensive tackle Josh Brent was charged with involuntary manslaughter after driving drunk and killing his friend and teammate Jerry Brown when he crashed his car in the early hours of the morning.

Now multiple news outlets are reporting that another defensive tackle, Jay Ratliff, was arrested at 12:46 a.m. for DWI. Ratliff apparently crashed his car into an 18-wheeler on Highway 114 in Grapevine, Texas.

Forgetting for a minute the Cowboys have already dealt with a tragedy stemming from an incident involving alcohol a few months ago and looking only at Ratliff’s situation, the team should come down hard on him. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones should cut the defensive tackle as soon as he can regardless of the salary cap consequence. An example must be set from the top of the organization that things like this will not be tolerated!

This is the third arrest for the Cowboys in over six months and it needs to stop. Long before Brent was arrested, Dez Bryant was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in July, a charge that will be dropped if Bryant stays out of trouble for a period of one year.

This is also Ratliff’s second questionable incident since November when he got in a heated exchange with the team owner, which was swept under the rug by Jones at the time. This latest incident should be the last straw for a player who just doesn’t get it. How can a player who has seen the tragedy of losing a teammate over a decision to drive intoxicated, go out and do the same thing?

Ratliff’s decision to drive while impaired was an awful one and he should pay for it with his job. Jerry Jones can make a bad situation worse by keeping him around; the Cowboys need to cut Jay Ratliff.

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