When Jay Ratliff was given a blood test following his recent wreck, he was found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.16.
Robert Wilonsky of dallasnews.com reports that the results of Jay Ratliff's blood alcohol test, taken shortly after he crashed his Ford F-150 early Tuesday, show a blood-alcohol level of .16 or twice the legal limit, according to Grapevine Police Department.
For lack of a better term, that is seriously drunk. To give you an idea of how much he had to consume, I used an online BAC calculator. Plugging in Ratliff's listed weight of 303 from the DallasCobwoys.com roster, I discovered that he would have had to consume 16 beers or shots of liquor over a three hour period to reach that level. The level of intoxication is affected by the weight and gender of the individual, the time elapsed since they drank, and the strength and quantity of the beverage involved, so there are a lot of variables. For instance, if he had only been drinking for two hours, he would have reached the same level with just over 14 drinks.
However you look at it, that is a huge amount of alcohol to consume. It would be hard to argue that Ratliff gave any thought to his actions or the consequences if he was drinking at the rate of a six-pack an hour. The team has released a statement from Calvin Hill, of the player development program (and former star running back from the Tom Landry era):
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.
It is a bit of an admission that, despite the recent history of the team, the message clearly has not gotten across.
Now the team faces the question of what will happen. While there has been no shortage of cries for Ratliff to be dismissed because of this, recent NFL history shows that this is not something that automatically ends a career. The New York Giants tackle David Diehl was involved in a very similar crash in early June of last year - and he was even more intoxicated that Ratliff, with a BAC of .182. Yet he was able to play in the regular season, starting nine games despite hearings that continued at least into September. No matter how the situation offends and even appalls many, legally and by precedent, Ratliff could likely get another chance to play.