- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cowboys have made only one statement, from consultant Calvin Hill, regarding the arrest of nose tackle Jay Ratliff on a driving while intoxicated charge.
Ratliff has spoken to Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones about the arrest. The team is planning a meeting with Mothers Against Drunk Driving after the Super Bowl to help educate the franchise about the dangers of drinking and driving.
In less than two months, the Cowboys have had two alcohol-related incidents involving their players. Josh Brent was charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter resulting in the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown back in December.
Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware was asked about the situations in an interview on Sirius/XM radio's Evan and Phillips morning show Friday from New Orleans.
"With me, I just think about making the right decisions," said Ware, who noted larger men think they can handle their alcohol better. "Sometimes you just got to get people around you that you can trust. If you’re staying out late, get a driver, get a taxi. That’s been the main thing in general with drinking and driving. In Texas, they do not play. They do not play at all with that. Just being careful with that. You got families and you have a lot of things at stake, and you have to be careful."
The Cowboys tout their player development program as helping players deal with all sorts so issues. That program will be leading the charge during this crisis.
Ware said if teammates are out having a good time, there needs to be the presence of mind for someone in the group to become a designated driver.
"You can be mad at me all you want to, but guess what? I just got you home safe, and then the next day you’re going to thank me," Ware said. "Instead of saying 'OK, I’m just not going to get into a fight with this guy and get some kind of adversity between us,' and he goes out and makes a bad decision and you're going to feel bad, so I think you got to put it on yourself to be there."