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Josh Brent already out of jail after killing teammate in car crash

Josh BrentJosh Brent was released from jail Sunday, a month earlier than expected following his January conviction for intoxicated manslaughter.

Brent killed his former Dallas Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown when the two were involved in a Dec. 2012 car crash. Brent was drunk driving and his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

The AP says it’s unclear whether Brent will have to serve the remainder of his six-month sentence in a rehab facility.

I don’t know how you feel, but I feel like people who have been busted for DUIs got it pretty bad and that’s without killing someone. Only six months for getting into a drunken crash that resulted in a person’s death? And he didn’t even have to serve the whole thing? Seems like he got off pretty easily.

Josh Brent tests positive for marijuana while awaiting manslaughter trial

Josh BrentDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent tested positive for marijuana following a court hearing last month, the Associated Press reports. Brent, you will recall, killed his teammate Jerry Brown after crashing his car on Dec. 8 while allegedly driving drunk.

The positive test for marijuana came up because prosecutors were attempting to get Brent’s bond revoked due to problems with alcohol monitoring. Though the judge declined the motion, he did order a urine test after the May 24 hearing, which Brent failed.

“Given the defendant’s prior alcohol-related contacts and the severity of the charge in this case, it is the State’s belief that the defendant continues to pose a threat to the community,” prosecutors said in the motion.

[Related: Cowboys reportedly were partying at club before fatal car crash]

Brent is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxicated manslaughter.

So the obvious thing to ask here is how dumb can Brent be? He’s already in enough trouble as is and now he goes out and tests positive for weed? But it’s not so simple to just question his lack of intelligence.

First off, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a man with poor enough judgment to drive while extremely drunk would also smoke weed while awaiting trial. People who make bad decisions just make bad decisions. Also, he must be pretty stressed out knowing that he’s facing 20 years in jail. Smoking weed in response seems logical for a guy like that. I’m with the prosecutors in thinking he should have his bond revoked, though I know that will never happen.

Jerry Brown autopsy shows that his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit

Jerry-Brown-stickerWhile there is nothing an autopsy can reveal that would bring Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown back to life, it can help us raise awareness by learning from the mistakes others have made. As you know, Brown was killed in a car accident last month. His teammate, Josh Brent, was driving the car and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. Brent’s blood alcohol content was reportedly twice the legal limit at the time of the crash.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Brown’s autopsy revealed that his blood alcohol level was actually below the legal limit of 0.08 at the time of the accident. The reading from fluid in Brown’s eye showed that his BAC was 0.079, while the reading directly from his blood showed it was 0.056.

Hindsight will not change what happened, but perhaps Brown should have been the one driving the car that night. It’s a lapse in judgment that Brent, his family and Brown’s family will have to live with, but hopefully we can all learn something from it. There’s no shame in taking the keys from your friend. There’s even less shame in calling a cab.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Josh Brent will no longer be allowed on the Cowboys sideline

As most of you know by now, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was allowed on the team’s sideline during Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in a car crash that killed his teammate Jerry Brown two weeks ago. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the NFL and the Cowboys agreed on Tuesday that Brent will no longer be allowed on the sideline during games.

The problem is the message has already been sent. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett said they were unaware that Brent would be on the sideline on Sunday, but that his teammates insisted he be there at the wishes of Brown’s mother. Jones then defended Brent’s presence before apparently agreeing with the league that it was inappropriate.

Even if he came reluctantly and none of the Cowboys brass knew he would be there, having Brent on the sideline was a complete disgrace. I’m not saying Brent doesn’t feel remorse for allegedly making an incredibly irresponsible decision to drive drunk, but showing him smiling with his teammates on national television sends a horrible message — especially to children who view NFL players as role models.

Brent’s blood alcohol was reportedly twice the legal limit. Instead of paying for a taxi or using one of the many car services NFL teams provide, he chose to get behind the wheel. Because of his lapse in judgment, a teammate is dead. If the Cowboys want to continue to support him behind closed doors, that’s their prerogative. Doing so in front of a national television audience was a regrettable decision.

Cowboys reportedly were partying at club before fatal car crash

Several Dallas Cowboys players reportedly were out partying at a club the night of the fatal car crash that killed practice squad player Jerry Brown.

FOX Sports Southwest says Brown and Josh Brent (pictured), who was driving the car, joined about a dozen teammates at Dallas club Privae on Friday. Comedian Shawn Wayans was performing that night.

Dallas media members Richie Whitt and Rebecca Lopez both said the players were partying. A tweet shared by the club’s official Twitter account also said the Cowboys were there.

The players went from partying and hanging out to having two of their teammates involved in a fatal crash a few hours later. It’s incredible how quickly life can change.

Brent, who is in jail and being charged for intoxicated manslaughter, sent out the following statement through his agent:

“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.”

Cowboys’ Josh Brent charged with intoxicated manslaughter after teammate Jerry Brown dies in car crash

Dallas Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning, and his former teammate, nose tackle Josh Brent (pictured), was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter as the driver during the incident.

Police say the accident occurred around 2:20 a.m. Saturday in Irving. Brent reportedly was speeding when his car hit a curb and flipped. When police arrived on the scene, they found Brent trying to pull Brown from the car, which was on fire.

Brent failed a field sobriety test and was given a blood test at a hospital. He had minor injuries, and his charges were upgraded after Brown died.

Brown and Brent were teammates at the University of Illinois. Brent has 35 tackles on the season for the Cowboys. Brown was signed to the practice squad in late October, but never was part of the active roster.

What’s troubling about Brent’s role in the crash is that he has a prior DWI. He pleaded guilty for driving while intoxicated in 2009 and sentenced to two years probation, 60 days in jail, and 200 hours of community service.