IRVING, Texas – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he is “very disappointed” in the drunk-driving arrest of Jay Ratliff last month, but the legal process will have to play itself out before a decision is made on the nose tackle’s future.
Ratliff was in an accident with an 18-wheeler on State Highway 114 in Grapevine, Texas, six weeks after teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Jerry Brown. Like Brent, Ratliff’s blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.
“I’ve had conversations with Jay,” Garrett said. “We just want to let that process play out.”
Cowboys officials met with representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving after the Super Bowl. The Cowboys and NFL Players Association have services available to players to help deal with drunk driving, but neither Brent or Ratliff took advantage of the offers.
“Obviously having one situation like that is one too many," Garrett said, "and what we’re trying to do as an organization and what we’ve tried to do as a league is do everything we can to keep our players and everyone as well informed as possible to these kinds of issues to help them make the right decisions, and we’ll continue to do that going forward.”
In addition to legal troubles, Ratliff and Brent face possible discipline from the league for violating the personal conduct policy. Players are subject to fines and/or suspension.