The Cowboys released the following statement today following the news that nose tackle Jay Ratliff's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he was arrested last week in Grapevine.
Ratliff's arrest came less than two months after the tragic death of linebacker Jerry Brown and teammate Josh Brent facing intoxication manslaughter charges. Brent was also more than twice the legal limit. Having recently experienced the most tragic of circumstances regarding this issue, we, as an organization, understand the ultimate consequences of driving while impaired.
Here is the statement from Calvin Hill, head of the team's player programs department.
"We know that one incident is too many.
The critical goal is to effect the decision making process in the hours before the wrong decision is made.
Our player assistance programs in the areas of preventing incidents such as these are at the highest level in professional sports, but we are always looking to do better and for ways to improve. 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.
We have been in communication with Jay Ratliff regarding this incident, and we will monitor the legal process and work within the NFL guidelines for player behavior moving forward."