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Jay Ratliff described as “verbally abusive” after DWI arrest

Cowboys Ratliff Arrested Football AP

Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff used his December sports hernia surgery as an excuse during a field sobriety test, and was then “verbally abusive,” to officers after his DWI arrest Tuesday morning.

According to the arrest report filed by the Grapevine, Tex. police, via ESPNDallas.com’s Tim McMahon, Ratliff was initially “cooperative and courteous” at the scene of the accident, where he ran his truck into a tractor-trailer.

But when he was taken to jail, his “demeanor changed considerably.”

The probable cause affidavit said he showed 12 signs of intoxication during three field sobriety tests, but that he said prior injuries contributed to that.

Ratliff told officers he was “chillin’ with a homegirl” in Arlington and was on his way to his home in Southlake. The area where the accident occurred is apparently not on the way between those two points, but Ratliff said he was following his truck’s GPS.

Regardless the reason he was out, or what the blood tests eventually reveal, Ratliff made a terrible decision by getting behind the wheel.

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12 Responses to “Jay Ratliff described as “verbally abusive” after DWI arrest”
  1. jimbroney says: Jan 23, 2013 5:51 PM

    He just be chillin!!

  2. cakemixa says: Jan 23, 2013 5:52 PM

    NFL contracts should be required to have a stupidity clause.

  3. smartanis says: Jan 23, 2013 5:53 PM

    As was said this morning, I have a hard time believing he was dumb enough to drive drunk after seeing one teammate die because another made that same bad decision.

    I’d say “cut him” to make an example of the guy, but the only example to be made would be the two-year, $10 million contract Cincinnati would sign him to the next day.

  4. stevincinci says: Jan 23, 2013 5:59 PM

    Bengals don’t need a nose tackle, goofball.

  5. nastynate22 says: Jan 23, 2013 6:01 PM

    Jerry Jones has been called as the star witness for the prosecution to back up the officer’s story that Ratliff is indeed fond of using “hurt words” when he is angered.

  6. fivetwos says: Jan 23, 2013 6:18 PM

    Players continue to do this because the penalties the league can issue are not harsh enough.

    Do the right thing DeSmith and put your greedy ways aside and negotiate stiffer penalties for DWI/DUI.

    Your job is to look out for the players??

    Then start by saving them from themselves and do what will probably save some people’s lives.

    I won’t hold my breath however. I’m positive the idea that money is more important than anything, including lives, will prevail.

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 23, 2013 6:19 PM

    Doesn’t look like the face of. Rocket scientist to me

  8. purpleguy says: Jan 23, 2013 7:22 PM

    Of all teams in the league, you’d think Dallas players would avoid driving while hammered.

  9. paulsmith107 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:45 PM

    He is a fool

  10. kickingiant says: Jan 23, 2013 11:06 PM

    “Regardless the reason he was out, or what the blood tests eventually reveal, Ratliff made a terrible decision by getting behind the wheel.”
    If the blood tests were to show that Ratliff had NOT been drinking, how would getting behind the wheel have been an accident?
    It’s not that I doubt the judgment of the police. They are on record saying there was probable cause to merit a blood test, and I see no reason to question that.
    But to say that this case merits our righteous indignation, regardless of what the facts turn out to be, is both ludicrous and far too common. Too often media outlets are substituting judgments for facts.

    Sidenote: Yeah, Ratliff is probably guilty.

  11. footballhistorian says: Jan 23, 2013 11:48 PM

    Ratliff is a hothead. He turned into an @$$hole when he figured out he was in serious trouble. Probably thought he could intimidate everyone then.

  12. rarelyclever says: Jan 24, 2013 2:21 PM

    I can’t believe this hasn’t been mentioned: Jay Ratliff is bipolar.

    As a Cowboys fan I’ve watched his locker room interviews for years; some days he’s affable and others he’s downright brooding, and it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with his or the team’s performance. It was always a really strange contrast.

    This news doesn’t surprise me at all.

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