The NFL is in the headlines again this weekend. Unfortunately, it is for another tragic occurance.
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent is currently in Irving, TX county jail on charges of intoxicated manslaughter. Brent was intoxicated while driving, which should obviously never be happening. Sadly, there was someone in the passenger seat as well.
Practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed during the accident, as the car was flipped over early Saturday morning. According to police, Brent was driving at a high rate of speed when his car “hit the outside curb,” flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road. Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts this year and appeared in one regular season game, prior to being waived and subsequently signed to the Dallas practice squad.
Brent was booked in jail at 4:14 AM on Saturday morning.
The Cowboys are scheduled to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati tomorrow, however, one would wonder if this game should even be played, just one day after the death of a teammate. Roger Goodell once again has another difficult decision to make, as football needs to take a backseat in this situation.
This incident occurs just one week after the tragedy surrounding Jovan Belcher. Too many sad stories are being read in sports lately and it needs to stop immediately. Of course, this could have all been avoided if Brent wasn’t foolish enough to get into a car while drunk.
Condolences to all of the families involved, as well as the Cowboys organization.