As fans of the Baltimore Ravens can tell you, the Super Bowl is right around the corner, set to be played on Feb. 3. While it will be a celebratory event for people in Maryland as well as fans of the Ravens' opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, much has gone wrong with the NFL off the field that some fans would probably like to forget.
Near the top of that list would have to be players who have been charged with drunk driving and other related offenses. Recently the starting nose tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, Jay Ratliff, was arrested in Texas and charged with DWI. This is not the first time a Cowboys player has been in the news for allegedly driving drunk. Earlier this season, teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after he was involved in an accident in which teammate Jerry Brown was killed.
The Cowboys, like other NFL teams, have a program in place so that any player who feels he is too intoxicated to drive can make a call and get picked up. However, players have been reluctant to use the program for whatever reason. Because of that reluctance, the Cowboys have apparently been considering installing players' cars with an interlock device that would prevent them from starting if the driver is deemed to be impaired.
While such a program might help prevent future arrests, it won't help those who have already been charged. Ratliff will have to consult with an experienced drunk driving defense attorney to try to navigate the charge against him.
Source: Around the League, "Jay Ratliff arrested on drunk-driving charge in Texas," Dan Hanzus, Jan. 22, 2013