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Jay Ratliff has to be separated from Cowboys beat writer

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Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff had to be separated from ESPNDallas.com writer Calvin Watkins on Thursday when Ratliff didn’t appreciate the line of questioning.

Watkins is a well-respected writer, who has worked at the two major papers in town. He reportedly asked Ratliff about former teammate Sam Hurd’s arrest for drug trafficking and the conversation “quickly went South” according to Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

NFL Network had footage of the argument, and the two men are lucky there were others there to keep them apart. The incident didn’t come as a total surprise to those who know Ratliff, who has apparently had a testy relationship with the media and has a moody personality.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was standing nearby and broke it down: “My money’s on Ratliff.”

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  1. daysend564 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:20 PM

    About time he got some fire in him, his play has been pretty absent in the last few games

  2. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 15, 2011 6:21 PM

    In related news, Rex Ryan had to be separated from the imaginary Super Bowl trophies he thinks he won the past two seasons.

  3. playitfunky says: Dec 15, 2011 6:21 PM

    He probably bought drugs off him and is really worried. A lot of Cowboys should be because I hear they were his biggest customers.

  4. Erik says: Dec 15, 2011 6:22 PM

    Media members will always back their own as “objective” and “innocent” while ignoring the ridiculous nature of sports media today.

  5. worldwidebleater says: Dec 15, 2011 6:22 PM

    Ryan then said” If only I could get that kind of agression from the rest of my defense. Hey. You gonna eat that?”

  6. edmazeing1 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:22 PM

    Ryan leaf will always have the best Player vs Media interview!!

  7. vegaskid21 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:23 PM

    Ratliff is just upset that he has to find someone else to buy from.

  8. predicatepanda says: Dec 15, 2011 6:23 PM

    Apparently, the comment that set Ratliff off was “Hurd is who WE THOUGHT HE WAS!!!!!! And we let him off the team.”

  9. petethemeat12 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:23 PM

    Is it me or is Rob Ryan a terrible defensive coordinator? Rex might yap non-stop, but his defenses are always good. Rob keeps getting all these chances and he is terrible at each stop. Now he has players attacking beat writers and he just stands there making a joke!

  10. davikes says: Dec 15, 2011 6:25 PM

    For once I like something a Ryan said.

  11. greencheeto says: Dec 15, 2011 6:25 PM

    Going thought withdrawal already…

  12. tonymission says: Dec 15, 2011 6:28 PM

    Sounds like someone’s into the booger sugar.

  13. mikeheruki says: Dec 15, 2011 6:28 PM

    Another big, tough football player wants to beat up a mousy reporter.

    Tough guy.

  14. toledoohoh says: Dec 15, 2011 6:29 PM

    Awesome neutrality, Rosenthal.

    “Watkins is a well respected writer”

    while

    “Ratliff, who has apparently had a testy relationship with the media and has a moody personality.”

  15. davikes says: Dec 15, 2011 6:29 PM

    A little tense, Jay?

  16. FinFan68 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:29 PM

    looks like we may have found one of the potentially named clients

  17. mazenblue says: Dec 15, 2011 6:29 PM

    “My money’s on Ratliff.”

    Good job coach, good discipline.

    My money is on the Giants. Cowboys own no tiebreakers. See next year and your awesome defense Ryan.

  18. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 6:29 PM

    Ratlife didn’t want anyone poking around in the moral sewer that exists down there.

  19. maxvv says: Dec 15, 2011 6:30 PM

    “…the conversation ‘quickly went South.’”

    Must have been a heck of a chat to transport them to a culturally distinct geographic region, y’all.

  20. jbl429 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:30 PM

    Maybe Ratliff’s just mad because his supplier just got busted and he’s worried about the names that will appear on the list of Hurd’s customers.

  21. joecool16280 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:30 PM

    Way to handle things like an adult dude.

  22. vuudu says: Dec 15, 2011 6:30 PM

    Wrong time for jokes Rob Ryan, a great moment for you to make yourself look like an NFL coach and this is what you say?

  23. youngry says: Dec 15, 2011 6:30 PM

    u mad bro?

    Guilty.

  24. rayvens says: Dec 15, 2011 6:31 PM

    I heard Ratliff was doing a great job with the interview..until the end (4qt) and then he lost it….

  25. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 15, 2011 6:31 PM

    The conflict escalated when the beat writer said “lolumad bro?”

  26. profootballwalk says: Dec 15, 2011 6:32 PM

    Writer Will McDonough did knock Raymond Clayborn into a laundy basket, but Clayborn was a DB.

    “After the game, Clayborn was snapping at writers and bumping into them on purpose. Legendary writer Will McDonough of The Boston Globe took exception, saying “”Hey, Ray, there’s no need to do that.”

    Clayborn reacted by jabbing his finger in McDonough’s face, poking him in the eye. McDonough then punched him twice, knocking him into a laundry cart and taking down a number of people with him.”

  27. goblue714 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:35 PM

    Shut up ryan your real classy. I smell roid rage, cmon league start testing these clowns.

  28. youdownwithjpp says: Dec 15, 2011 6:36 PM

    My money is on ratliff…….showing up on that list.

  29. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 15, 2011 6:36 PM

    My moneys on Rob Ryan SHOULD have been snorting his gut away with Sam Hurd’s blow.

  30. mjbulls45 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:37 PM

    classic line by rob ryan

  31. angrycorgi says: Dec 15, 2011 6:37 PM

    Go get him, Rat!

  32. briscocountyjr says: Dec 15, 2011 6:37 PM

    1. Ratliff was just trying to get bacon!! Kudos for not being slack and letting his game go after a big loss Sunday night!

    2. In a time of the season when bus-tossing by coaches of coaches, coaches of players, players of coaches, it’s nice to see Ryan backing his guy and keeping confidence in him…even putting money down.

  33. orthodoxdj says: Dec 15, 2011 6:39 PM

    So basically he’s one of the guys who’s been buying from Hurd.

  34. physiodoc2be says: Dec 15, 2011 6:42 PM

    It’s a good thing they were separated. It’d be embarrassing if Ratliff got his first hit in Week 15.

  35. texansfan2011 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:43 PM

    Rut-Rough, this could get bigger

  36. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 6:43 PM

    Ratlife is wondering what the point of a “beat writer” is, if you can’t take your frustrations out on them.

  37. jaggedmark says: Dec 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    Shut up Rob Ryan! My money is on you getting fired within the next 2 years.

  38. imaduffer says: Dec 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    When Rob Ryan stands nearby there isn’t any room to stand period.

  39. Soulman45 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    Frist to say
    We on this site talk about SUH but what about this way out of line.

  40. david7590 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    Ratliff is just mad because he knows that he’s on that list.

  41. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    He’s upset he lost his connect.

  42. scytherius says: Dec 15, 2011 6:44 PM

    An idiot playing a game decides he wants to beat up a reporter? What a coward.

  43. geobh says: Dec 15, 2011 6:45 PM

    must have hit home with the drug comment. why don’t they all just go back to the hood all sell drugs.

  44. Soulman45 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    Trouble in the COWGIRLS camp.

  45. wlubake says: Dec 15, 2011 6:47 PM

    Well, there’s one name we can probably scratch off. Only 9 more to go to hit the minimum of “double digits”.

  46. lookatthefarside says: Dec 15, 2011 6:49 PM

    Isn’t there a movie called, “Cocaine Cowboys”?

  47. whatswiththehate says: Dec 15, 2011 6:49 PM

    Once upon a time our sports writers went out to get the stories. Sadly, today’s writers seem to want to find a way to be part of the story.

    And I must love how you media folks look out for each other until you’re ready to turn on each other.

    Remind me again, why did he ask him a question about someone else personal life? Even worst, the guy who got in trouble isn’t even part of the team anymore. What was that reporter insinuating?

  48. kameleono says: Dec 15, 2011 6:49 PM

    My question is well respected by whom?? Watkins is the same jerk that told Wade Phillips he could do a better job coaching that Wade could. He’s not out to report the news. He’s out to create it. Which is a job prerequisite of working for ESPN.

  49. terrorhawk2 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:51 PM

    Rob Ryan should “put his money on a haircut.”

  50. Soulman45 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:51 PM

    Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was standing nearby and broke it down: “My money’s on Ratliff.”
    It what you get from RAYN.
    The Cowgirls no good form the top down to the bottom what a team and some say it America Team no way is America like this team.

  51. tinopuno says: Dec 15, 2011 6:51 PM

    Fat Rob’s prediction on a Ratliff / Watkins dust up is probably about as solid as his 4th quarter defensive schemes.

  52. geniusesq says: Dec 15, 2011 6:52 PM

    He took the phrase Beat Writer literally.

  53. hcf95688 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:53 PM

    Rob Ryan. What a tool.

  54. spytdi says: Dec 15, 2011 6:55 PM

    You guys are speculative idiots. He may have been friends with Sam Hurd and possibly couldn’t be involved with drugs whatsoever. If you’ve read elsewhere, you’ll see that Calvin Watkins was way out of line with his questioning and prodding.

  55. noquickreactionshere says: Dec 15, 2011 6:56 PM

    Guess we now know one of the names that will appear on that list…….

    And my money is on Rob Ryan…. for coach who most looks like a homless man.

  56. trbowman says: Dec 15, 2011 6:59 PM

    Ya, definitely been getting some from Hurd.

  57. bangitfootball says: Dec 15, 2011 6:59 PM

    Me thinks Ratcliff doth protest too much. Cant wait to see that list they have of Hurds customers

  58. donovanmcflabb says: Dec 15, 2011 7:03 PM

    Reporter: “Mr. Ratcliff, now that your supplier has been busted, have you already found an alternative source”?

    Ratcliff: “I’m gonna git you sucka!”

  59. earthtopft says: Dec 15, 2011 7:04 PM

    Jay Low Ratlife was probably Hurd’s muscle when he was dealing in Dallas. With Destitute Dez as their prime client.

  60. goforthanddie says: Dec 15, 2011 7:05 PM

    Rob Ryan was standing nearby and broke it down: “My money’s on Ratliff.”

    The way your D has been playing, that’s a very bad bet.

  61. rando74 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:07 PM

    Funny. Wonder if he’s pissed cause his supplier is gonig to orinson and probly taking everyone down with him.

  62. proflonghair says: Dec 15, 2011 7:11 PM

    Did he call him Chris Everett?

    And how did we get so far down the comments without that joke?

  63. cliffordc05 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:11 PM

    Leave it to Ryan to miss the point completely and make a stupid neanderthal like comment. The Cowboys have a defensive coordinator who talks too much, eats too much, and coaches too little.

  64. timtheenchanter1 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:28 PM

    “When he is in the right mood, Jay can be charming, funny, bright and very well-spoken. When he’s not in the right mood, forget it. There can be level of aggression that this guy projects that is exceptionally uncomfortable for just about any environment other than a football field.”
    ——————–

    Good thing that doesn’t sound like the symptoms of drug abuse or anything like that.

  65. goforthanddie says: Dec 15, 2011 7:29 PM

    proflonghair says: Dec 15, 2011 7:11 PM

    Did he call him Chris Everett?

    And how did we get so far down the comments without that joke?

    Because it’s stupid?

  66. timtheenchanter1 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:31 PM

    noquickreactionshere says: Dec 15, 2011 6:56 PM

    …And my money is on Rob Ryan…. for coach who most looks like a homeless man.

    —————–

    But only because Todd Haley is out of coaching now.

  67. cowhawkfan says: Dec 15, 2011 7:36 PM

    Surely I don’t want to get in the way of a good Cowboy hate rant, but….for those of you who missed it…Hurd doesn’t play for the Cowboys. If he’s supplying for anyone, wouldn’t it be ‘Da Bears?

  68. 6ball says: Dec 15, 2011 7:38 PM

    .

    Who’s got the “tale of the tape” on these two ?

    .

  69. howley1 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:38 PM

    “Watkins is a well-respected writer, who has worked at the two major papers in town”

    So was Skip Bayless. Watkins’ problem is that he’s a self-admitted Giants fan that lets his bias get the best of him.

  70. howley1 says: Dec 15, 2011 7:40 PM

    “The Cowgirls no good form the top down to the bottom what a team and some say it America Team no way is America like this team.”

    You got that right. The guy running the country is an unqualified idiot.

  71. drgreenstreak says: Dec 15, 2011 7:44 PM

    Calvin Watkins – a man many would like to kick in the balls.

  72. lbijake says: Dec 15, 2011 7:49 PM

    I liked it when Jim Everett b****ed threw that loud mouth (can’t believe he still has a show) Rome. Knocked him on his butt!!!!

  73. 2ndaryinsanity says: Dec 15, 2011 7:53 PM

    Maybe Jay was auditioning for the Lions? That’s an organization who would welcome another hot-head with no self-control on their roster.

  74. twesty85 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:03 PM

    @Soulman45

    lions fan i’m guessing? suh probably bought drugs from him too. good explanation for why he crashed his car.

  75. geesgroove says: Dec 15, 2011 8:08 PM

    I wish Jay would have gone after tip toe bandit(Brandon Jacobs) after he did his disrespectful dance after scoring, the way he went after a the reporter…..#priorities

  76. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Dec 15, 2011 8:09 PM

    I’ve met jay Ratliff personally…..there really couldn’t be a nicer guy..and rob Ryan grows his hair out to donate it to a cancer foundation…it’s amazing how many classless and ignorant people are in this country

  77. westernoutlaw says: Dec 15, 2011 8:14 PM

    For some reason Gregg decided to omit this paragraph from the original article he’s paraphrasing:

    “Per some information from some more people who were there, apparently Calvin was really pushing on this one when Jay told him to ‘walk away.’ Calvin did not, and that’s when the fun started.”

  78. localbandhero says: Dec 15, 2011 8:39 PM

    playitfunky says:
    Dec 15, 2011 6:21 PM
    He probably bought drugs off him and is really worried. A lot of Cowboys should be because I hear they were his biggest customers.

    Oh, you hear Cowboys were his biggest customers? Really? Do you have access to these Federal Reports?

  79. ost2020 says: Dec 15, 2011 8:52 PM

    Now we just might know one if those players that Hurd dealt to.

  80. Deb says: Dec 15, 2011 9:06 PM

    goblue714 says:

    I smell roid rage, cmon league start testing these clowns.

    ———————————————–
    The league already tests these professional athletes for steroids. And just because an athlete loses his temper, it doesn’t mean he’s munching on steroids. Ratliff’s actually a little on the small side for his position–not exactly the picture of a steroid user. The reports say the ESPN guy was in his face and refused to back off when Ratliff asked him to walk away. Sometimes reporters deliberately provoke players just to get a story.

    *****************

    geobh says:

    must have hit home with the drug comment. why don’t they all just go back to the hood all sell drugs.
    ————————————————-

    Who is “they all”? How do you know Ratliff is from the ‘hood? Do you know anything about him or the situation … other than his skin color?

  81. koenig61 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:18 PM

    it cracks me up how the trolls come out of the wood work with just one little post from this site. Im not even a Cowboys fan but I feel badly for them and their fans. Most of the trolls came out to bash Ratliff, Ryan and the cowboys.

    I appreciated the smarter posters who bashed the “Neutrality” of this article. If I were an NFL player and was MANDATED by the league to have to talk to the media, every comment would be “No Comment” and if the league said I couldnt say that, then I’d just repeat the questions back to the reporter and ask them what they thought.

    The media is looking for one thing and one thing only. A story, and if that means getting under the skin of some “moody” player they will do it. Just look at how these stories are written on here. They arent neutral, they are worded to get the most comments. I understand the medias job, but dont think we are al stupid sheep. We know what you are doing.

  82. sportingzoo says: Dec 15, 2011 9:46 PM

    This is very non-objective. When has Ratliff had a testy relationship with reporters? The Dallas media is always baiting the players. What else is new? Why do they even agree to interview with them? They should leave it for the coaches.

  83. sosuhme says: Dec 15, 2011 10:26 PM

    I can only imagine the outrage if Suh had to be separated from a reporter and then Schwartz or Cunningham made a smart a** remark like “I put my money on Suh.” There’d be calls for Suh and the entire Lions’ coaching staff to be suspended for the rest of season. Some would argue Schwartz should be charged with aiding and abetting an assault. If the Lions didn’t immediately issue a statement signed by William Clay Ford and each of his heirs strongly condemning such an unprovoked act of violence that would lead to the singular conclusion that the Lions sanctioned such conduct.

  84. bdb808757 says: Dec 15, 2011 10:53 PM

    That’s my wide receiver, don’t talk my former wide receiver… It’s not fair. It’s not fair.

    On a side note, did Hurd get caught because some family member left a crack pipe in his glove compartment?

  85. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 15, 2011 10:56 PM

    Michael Irvin is flabergasted

  86. jerseyshoregiant says: Dec 15, 2011 11:16 PM

    Greg, this is my favorite piece of your article.

    “NFL Network had footage of the argument, and the two men are lucky there were others there to keep them apart. ”

    I think the reporter is lucky others were there to keep Ratliff from beating the crap out of him.

  87. spellingcops says: Dec 15, 2011 11:43 PM

    texansfan2011 says: Dec 15, 2011 6:43 PM

    Rut-Rough, this could get bigger
    ——————————————————
    That’s what she said.

  88. Soulman45 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:54 PM

    @sosuhme
    Good for you a great point.
    YOU GO

  89. illwillthemick says: Dec 16, 2011 5:26 AM

    sam hurd been sellin drugs for a while.. and doing it as a cowboy… we all know the connection between coke and the cowboys is a rich tradition.

  90. CowboyErik says: Dec 16, 2011 11:04 AM

    YOU GO JAY! Beat up those reporters! They don’t represent the people! FANS love you!

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