Cowboys lineman Ratliff's BAC was twice legal limit; team responds

Jay Ratliff

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Jay Ratliff of the Dallas Cowboys during a game against the Carolina Panthers on on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Posted on January 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 9:04 PM

GRAPEVINE -- Police say the lab results show Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit after he was pulled over last week for suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated.

Grapevine police Sergeant Robert Eberling said the results of Ratliff's blood test showed a BAC of 0.16.

The Cowboys player was arrested in the early hours of Jan. 22 after he hit an 18 wheeler in his pickup truck before running into the guardrail on State Highway 114.

Ratliff failed a field sobriety test, declined to submit to a Breathalyzer test, and refused to answer questions when asked to participate in a DWI interview. Investigators secured a warrant and took his blood.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys publicly commented on Ratliff's arrest for the first time Monday.

Calvin Hill, a former Cowboys player himself and current consultant in the team's player development program, said as an organization, the Cowboys "understand the ultimate consequences of driving while impaired" and "that one incident is too many."

In December, Ratliff's Cowboys teammate and fellow defensive lineman Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter following a crash in Irving in which practice squad teammate Jerry Brown Jr. was killed. Brent, whose BAC was 0.189, is facing intoxication manslaughter charges.

"The critical goal is to effect the decision making process in the hours before the wrong decision is made," Hill said in the statement. "[...] We will continue to draw upon the best expertise and resources available, both internally and from outside the organization, to work toward being the best in the areas of education, prevention, and effecting the right decisions."

The statement said the team has been in touch with Ratliff and will "monitor the legal process and work within the NFL guidelines for player behavior moving forward."

Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones usually speaks out on most things Cowboys, but he remained silent on Ratliff's arrest when asked last week at the Senior Bowl workouts.

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