Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
NEW ORLEANS (105.3 THE FAN) – The NFL is a copycat league. That is especially true when it comes to mimicking concepts and styles from Super Bowl teams. So when it comes to how the Dallas Cowboys should handle the troubling circumstances of Jay Ratliff and his DUI … Why not just do what the San Francisco 49ers do?
The outrage is understandable. The Cowboys victimized themselves twice in 42 days with drunken-driving incidents that, in the first case, killed one team member and may have ended the football career of a potential starter, and in the second case contributes to putting in some level of jeopardy the career of Ratliff, a four-time Pro Bowler.
There are demands hooted by the media and fans to “do something’’ about Ratliff, who was arrested for crashing his pickup truck into an 18-wheeler while under the influence on January 22, less than a month-and-a-half after attending a teammate’s funeral. Fellow defensive lineman Josh Brent was behind the wheel on Dec. 8 when he crashed his car while also under the influence, a intoxication manslaughter case because Cowboys practice-squadder Jerry Brown died in the one-car accident.