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Jay Ratliff, Calvin Watkins Incident: Cowboys Player Gets In Altercation With Reporter

Jay Ratliff

Huffington Post   First Posted: 12/16/11 01:37 PM ET Updated: 12/16/11 01:37 PM ET

Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff reportedly needed to be restrained from a reporter on Thursday who was apparently asking the player questions in regards to former Cowboy Sam Hurd, who was arrested on drug charges the day before.

Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram attended the practice and wrote this breakdown of what happened:

On Thursday, [ESPN Dallas Reporter Calvin] Watkins was asking Ratliff about the news regarding former Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd's arrest for drug trafficking. The chat went south quickly; suddenly I see Marcus Spears and Martellus Bennett pushing both Ratliff and Watkins in opposite directions. Some rather unfriendly, and unprintable, words were exchanged. Something like, "You stink." "No, you stink" ... only with saltier language, at a much higher volume.

Engel also wrote that, per some information from some more people who were there, Calvin was apparently pushing on the Hurd questions when Jay told him to "walk away."

Watkins tweeted later on Thursday that he had a confrontation with a player and that he shouldn't have let it escalate.

Hurd had been with the Cowboys for four seasons before signing with the Bears prior to the start of this season. According the police report, Hurd has allegedly been one of the top drug dealers in Chicago and was arrested after trying to broker a deal with an undercover operative for 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half ton of marijuana per week.

On Thursday, police told 670 The Score that they had a list in the double digits of NFL players whom Hurd supplied drugs to.

The Cowboys have lost two games in a row and now sit tied with the Giants atop the standings in the NFC East.