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Jay Ratliff’s DWI trial postponed until February

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Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in January, but his trial on those charges won’t be held until next February.

Ratliff was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on Thursday, but it was postponed until February 20. That pushes it past the end of the 2013 season, obviously, and likely means that Ratliff will be able to avoid league discipline that could take him off the field at any point this season. The trial date could get pushed even further, but Ratliff’s lawyer Tom Pappas said that his client would not agree to a plea bargain.

“I’m fairly certain this is going to trial,” Pappas said, via the Dallas Morning News.

Ratliff crashed his pickup truck into an 18-wheeler in January and his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when it was taken via a blood test more than two hours after Ratliff refused to take a Breathalyzer when he was arrested.

With the trial moved, Ratliff can now devote his efforts to getting on the field for the Cowboys. Ratliff remains on the PUP list and hasn’t practiced with his teammates since last season because of injuries, although the Cowboys maintain that he’ll be in the lineup for the season opener.

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11 Responses to “Jay Ratliff’s DWI trial postponed until February”
  1. dg0122 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:16 AM

    February will be WELL after the Cowboy season is over…

  2. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Aug 23, 2013 9:31 AM

    They could probably just go ahead and move it to January. It’s not like he’ll be busy.

  3. onlythebest36 says: Aug 23, 2013 9:33 AM

    Shocking.

  4. romosmicrodongs says: Aug 23, 2013 9:55 AM

    you know cops in Texas are all boys fans. ‘man ol staubach lemme tell ya how romo gonna end up in the same batch giton out there jay take them boys back to the 90s good times yeehaw’

  5. twilson962 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:06 AM

    Mr/Mrs State’s Attorney, your season tickets are in the mail.

    Sincerely,
    Jerrah Face-lift.

  6. barbeaux says: Aug 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    Wow

  7. ccjcsr says: Aug 23, 2013 10:11 AM

    Why? He needs to face the music for acting like a damn fool!

    #CowboyNation

  8. bigdinla says: Aug 23, 2013 10:16 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, this is inexcusable! Ratliff should have been cut. Getting a DWI AFTER Josh Brent killed a teammate is unforgivable!

  9. vdogg says: Aug 23, 2013 11:20 AM

    February? Whats he gonna do all month in January?

  10. gpete1962 says: Aug 24, 2013 6:23 AM

    Albert Einstein asked 3 people what their IQ’s are?

    1st guy says 180, Einstein says “later we’ll discuss Quantum theories and relativity.”

    2nd guy says 140, Einstein says, “later we’ll discuss global politics and business.”

    3rd guy says 55. Einstein pauses a second and says “How bout them cowboys!!!!”

  11. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 24, 2013 7:01 PM

    I doubt that Ratliff will be with the Cowboys next season (2014). He is over 30, gets injured frequently, and there is this DWI trial to come.

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