Cowboys Tackle Jay Ratliff Was Arrested For DWI Yesterday After Crashing His Truck

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Just after midnight on Tuesday, Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was driving his Ford pickup along State Highway 114 in Grapevine when police say he drunkenly crashed into an 18-wheeler, then a highway barrier.

No one was injured. Ratliff, 31, refused a Breathalyzer test before bonding out of the Grapevine jail not long after his arrest, according to the Morning News. Police obtained a warrant to draw a blood sample, but the results won't be in for a while.

NBC 5 reports via Twitter that Ratliff was allegedly so drunk that he didn't know how the crash had occurred.

Ratliff's arrest drew immediate comparisons to the case of Josh Brent, who was charged with intoxication manslaughter following the death of teammate Jerry Brown.

The arrest also prompted immediate calls for a culture change in "an organization at times simply out of control," in the words of DMN's Kevin Sherrington.

"[I]t should be fairly clear by now that Jerry is the forgiving sort," Sherrington writes. "He's sanctioned more bad conduct than Tony Soprano. ... [S]uch a lenient approach has consequences. Players already know that Jerry is the ultimate boss, and that they can go over the head of the head coach. They also know that Jerry will forgive your sins if you can still play."

True enough, though it's not just the Cowboys' culture that needs to change. Browse through the San Diego Union-Tribune's database of NFL arrests, and you'll wonder whether the league has more of a DWI problem or a domestic violence problem.

Drinking and driving isn't a problem specific to young, rich athletes, either. Turns out very few of the 11,000 people who die in drunk driving crashes each year are professional athletes.

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scottindallas topcommenter

It's entirely possible he wasn't drunk.  Not to get too far out on a limb defending out of ignorance.  But, considering he's rehabilitating from injury, he no doubt has access to many pain killers.  He might have had a drink or two, in combination with those pills.  But, it sounds like he fell asleep, which can happen to anyone, for any number of reasons. 


I wish we'd all stop assuming just because guys are professional athletes that somehow that makes them smart. Case in point, Mr. Jay Ratliff. Has a friend ruin his life by killing a teammate mere weeks ago, and doesn't learn a damn thing from it to the point of going out and doing the exact same thing. Once I realized and accepted that most elite athletes are mental midgets, it's easier to accept how stupid some of their actions are.

And Jay, you take the stupid cake. Fucking idiot.

primi_timpano topcommenter

Jerry has been knee-walking drunk more times in the last 5 years than the entire team it's whole combined lives. He just has the ways and means to have a driver.


At least he didn't kill anyone, glad no one else was hurt.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

And ....

No doubt, he will have "extenuating" circumstances and will no doubt end up in rehab ...

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@scottindallas and the cop said when talking to Jay that he didnt think he was drunk at all.  It wasnt until he took the field sobriety tests, which are made to make you fail regardless, that they though he may be drunk

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter


Amazingly enough, he was smart enough to not take a breathalyzer.

Not that I want him to beat this rap. I hope they throw the book at him, but I'm not optimistic about that happening to a Cowboy player in the DFW area.

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