Two Dallas Cowboys players were involved in a fatal single-car accident in Irving, TX.
Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested and is being processed for intoxication-manslaughter after a crash in Irving left teammate and practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. dead.
According to Irving police, the fatal car crash occurred on the 1400 block of John Carpenter Freeway at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Police said that Brent was drunk, speeding and flipped the car, which killed Brown.
When police arrived Brent was responsive and talking to them according to the police report. Brown was unresponsive and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This isn’t the first time Brent has been arrested for DUI. In fact, Brent was arrested in 2009 for driving under the influence and on a suspended license. He served 30-days in jail for the incident.
Brown, an undrafted free agent linebacker, joined the Cowboys in October after the team released wide receiver Raymond Radway. Prior to signing with Dallas, Brown was a part of the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He was a St. Louis native and attended the University of Illinois where he was a defensive lineman.
The Cowboys will now have to cope with the death of a teammate and deal with the absence of both Jay Ratliff (injury) and Brent as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys promoted nose tackle Robert Callaway from the practice squad to add depth to an already depleted defensive line.
I’m not here to pass judgment, but I will say this to any and all who read this article: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Driving drunk is a serious offense and a very dangerous thing to do. If you’re going to go out and party, have a backup plan.
Due to someone’s irresponsible decision making Brown’s family will mourn this day for the rest of their lives.
Rest in peace Jerry Brown Jr. (October 20, 1987 – December 8, 2012)