During the 2012 regular season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and nose tackle Jay Ratliff had a heated exchange in the locker room. On Wednesday, they had another meeting.
This one happened as a result of Ratliff’s recent DUI arrest. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, it happened at the team’s facility after Jones returned from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Under the labor deal, teams technically have no ability to discipline players for violations of the personal-conduct policy or the substance-abuse policy. Under the standard player contract, a player can be cut for such violations.
Sometimes, teams impose discipline for arrests short of cutting the player, and the player rarely challenges the penalty.
Significant action is possible in this case, given that the incident comes less than two months after linebacker Jerry Brown died in an vehicle driven by nose tackle Josh Brent, at a time when Brent’s blood-alcohol concentration was twice the legal limit.