Last month, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter in the death of his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. That was apparently not enough of a deterrent to keep another Cowboys defensive tackle from driving drunk.
Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing his pickup truck into an 18-wheeler in Grapevine, Texas, ESPNDallas.com reports.
Ratliff was arrested on Tuesday and has paid his bond and been released. He was not injured and neither was the driver of the 18-wheeler. According to WFAA, Ratliff refused a breathalyzer test but appeared to be drunk, and officers brought him to a police station where blood was drawn.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who had a heated exchange with Ratliff in December, spoke favorably about Ratliff when asked about that incident by reporters at Senior Bowl practices today.
“As far as I’m concerned, he is outstanding, he has given everything he’s ever had to the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said of Ratliff.
Jones apparently didn’t know that just hours earlier, Ratliff had been in jail, accused of driving drunk.