Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was talking to reporters about Jay Ratliff on Tuesday, but before news of the nose tackle’s arrest for suspicion of DWI was known.
Jones was asked about his confrontation with Ratliff in the locker room after a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, when Jones said to the player that the team needed him healthy.
“As far as I’m concerned, he is outstanding,” Jones said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. “He has given everything he’s ever had to the Dallas Cowboys. With me, any of that emotion that was involved between us is only reflected back on many times that we’ve had, in our own way, some emotional time with each other. And it in no way before was ever contentious.
“So when you’ve got the kind of background we’ve got together, then if you have a moment that you might not have been on the same page, that’s like father-son, that’s like family, that’s like all that. That’s forgotten when you know each other has your best interests at heart. We both know that.”
If Jones knew about Ratliff’s arrest at the time he was speaking to reporters, he did not indicate it.
-- Carlos Mendez