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3 game suspension for Chicago Bears DT Jay Ratliff stemming from ’13 drunk driving arrest


Posted On: August 24, 2015 | By Tamara N. Holder
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff mugshot (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Police Department/)

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff mugshot (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Police Department/)

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UPDATE August 24, 2015

The NFL issued its suspension of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Jay Ratliff today. Ruling that Ratliff violated the league’s substance abuse policy, he has been suspended 3 games. The punishment stems from his drunken driving arrest in 2013 when he was with the Dallas Cowboys. In April of 2015, he pleaded guilty to a DWI charge.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “The three-game suspension will cost him $344,117.64. That breaks down to $264,705.88 in prorated base salary and $79,411.76 in missed per-game roster bonuses.”

Ratliff made an interesting comment, when revealing that he will not appeal the suspension. “We’ve been down this road,” Ratliff said. “The NFL, they don’t care to hear it. So, hey, so be it.”

UPDATE September 23, 2013: Ratliff’s trial has been postponed until February 20, 2013. Article here.

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested for DUI on January 22, 2013.

According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com:

Starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with DWI early Tuesday after his black Ford F-150 truck struck an 18-wheeler in Grapevine, Texas, police senior officer Sam Shemwell told NFL.com and NFL Network.Ratliff — the sole occupant of the vehicle — was not injured in the crash. He was arrested after officers who responded to the scene determined he was intoxicated. Raliff was arraigned and bonded out of jail Tuesday morning. A breath sample to determine intoxication was refused, according to Shemwell. A search warrant was asked for and received to draw blood, but toxicology results still are pending. Police determined Ratliff was at fault in the crash.


Categories: COURT CALL | DUI | NFL

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