Jay Ratliff Arrested for DWI

By Jesus Flores
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is being reported that Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff has been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Grapevine, Texas.

Ratliff struck an 18-wheeler early Tuesday morning on highway 114.  This marks the second time in less than two months that the Cowboys will be highlighted by terrible decision-making, and it is not Jerry Jones making them.

The first incident involved nose tackle Josh Brent and Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr.  Brent and Brown were involved in a fatal car accident after leaving a Dallas nightclub, which cost Brown his life.

It was later determined that Brent’s blood-alcohol level was 0.189, well above that of the legal limit in Texas, which is 0.08.  Brent was arrested and indicted on one count of intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

One would think that losing a teammate, and seeing another’s life come to a screeching halt would be enough to make Ratliff think about the consequences of driving drunk, but apparently that is not the case.

Ratliff, who had been facing criticism as of late due to poor performance on the field and an altercation with Jones, has never been known for having any problems in regards to substance abuse.  This is truly surprising to me given that Ratliff has been one of the leaders on the team, so naturally, I would expect him to make better decisions.

Jones had said earlier on Tuesday that he expected Ratliff back with the team in 2013, but I cannot see that happening.  Not anymore.  The Cowboys must send a message, and it must be loud and clear to everyone in that locker-room; this type of behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com   Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1

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