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Bears Cut Jeremiah Ratliff Following Heated 'Altercation'

By Kate Shepherd in News on Oct 23, 2015 5:00PM

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The Bears have cut Jeremiah Ratliff, one of their best defensive linemen, following multiple heated exchanges including an "intense vocal altercation" with General Manager Ryan Pace on Wednesday, according to the Tribune.

Ratliff allegedly arrived at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, where the Bears train, on Wednesday in a condition not appropriate for work. The arguments started after they tried to send him home. Lake Forest police were called during the "bizarre and emotionally charged chain of events":

"We felt moving forward without Jeremiah was in the best interest of our team," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement released Thursday. "We appreciate his contributions and wish him well."

It's not the first time Ratliff has been in trouble with the NFL or the Bears.

The NFL suspended Ratliff for the first three games of the 2015 season because of a 2013 DWI incident and he'd recently started playing again.

He was escorted from Halas Hall on Dec. 26 after an argument with a teammate turned into a "major disturbance," according to the Sun-Times.