At a time when Jones has uncharacteristically zipped it regarding Ratliff by calling it a “legal matter,” the latest issue of Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine jumps cannonball-style into the situation.
“This absolutely should be a legal matter,” Jeff Sullivan of Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine writes in an article posted on the team’s official website. “There is no way Ratliff should be paid for what has taken place in 2013, which was slated to be the first season under his five-year, $40 million extension signed back in 2011. Of course, Ratliff was given the signing bonus two years ago, so he was paid approximately $18 million without having played a single snap under the new deal.”
Given the sensitivity of the issue, it’s hard to imagine that Sullivan wrote those words (and the rest of a column that tees off on Ratliff) without someone higher in the pecking order providing at least a nod of approval. Regardless of whether the issue landed on the desk of anyone named “Jones,” the simple reality is that the attack on Ratliff is coming not from some independent publication, but from a media outlet owned and operated ultimately by Jerry.
Source: Mike Florio, NBC Sports