A Cowboys Tackle Got Into a Drunk Driving Accident That Killed a Teammate
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle JOSH BRENT (left) got into a drunk-driving accident early Saturday morning that resulted in the death of teammate JERRY BROWN (right), a linebacker who was on the practice squad. Police said Brent was speeding on Highway 114 in Irving Texas, when his car hit a curb at around 2:20 A.M. and flipped over at least once. When police arrived at the scene, the car was upside down and on fire, and Brent was dragging Brown away from it.
Brown was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Brent was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. Blood was later drawn to determine alcohol content. The results weren't released. Brent was booked on a felony charge of intoxicated vehicular manslaughter, and has been behind bars ever since. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Brent and Brown were teammates at Illinois, where Brent pleaded guilty to DUI in 2009. Brent released a statement Saturday night, saying, "I am devastated and filled with grief. Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time."
Despite the chaos, the Cowboys won their game yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals, 20 to 19. Coach JASON GARRETT called Brown's mother after the victory and offered her the game ball. (Here's his press conference.)
Will the Cowboys Equip Players' Cars With a Device That Won't Let Them Drive Drunk?
After this weekend's tragedy, the Dallas Cowboys are searching for answers. And this might be one of them:
Calvin Hill, who's responsible for the team's off-the-field support programs, says they're considering equipping players' cars with those devices that keep them from driving when they're drunk.
The NFL Players Union would probably have to sign off on that. It's not clear if they would. (The union does already have a program in place to offer rides to players who've been drinking.)