- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – The red flag on sixth-round linebacker DeVonte Holloman is an especially sensitive subject at Valley Ranch. He was arrested in June 2011 on a drunken driving charge.
Holloman said the Cowboys did not discuss his arrest with him during the pre-draft process. Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the organization looked into the incident and determined it should not deter them from drafting Holloman.
“We looked at that,” Jones said. “It was a couple of years ago. When you see an incident, then you look at the whole picture and weigh it from there. It did not impact us obviously drafting him.
“We were well aware of that. I think our whole purpose of the way that we approach that challenge is, what happens when you do have an incident? Not that we have to eliminate everybody on the draft board that might have a sip of alcohol.”
The career of Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent is in limbo due to an intoxication manslaughter charge stemming from the car crash that killed practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. in December. Brent also had a drunken driving charge in college.
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff was charged with driving while intoxicated in January after he crashed his truck into an 18-wheeler.
Cowboys officials met with Mothers Against Drunk Driving representatives in the wake of the two alcohol-related arrests.
Holloman believes his arrest caused him to slip into the sixth round of the draft.
"Knowing it might have been the thing to hurt me, I refuse to let it happen again," Holloman said. "It will not be a worry for them or me."