The story of Jerry Brown, the Dallas Cowboys practice squad player who died in an alleged drunk driving accident when teammate and best friend Josh Brent was driving the car, just got a little bit worse. According to the autopsy, Jerry Brown’s blood alcohol limit was at 0.079, below the legal limit.
Brent’s level was revealed to be much higher, 0.189, which is more than twice the legal limit. Neither Brown nor Brent were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident. It’s just another sad detail in an event that took the life of someone way too soon. We’ll never fully know what happened that night but it does seem natural to wonder why Brent was driving instead of Brown. Perhaps that would have saved Brown’s life.
I’m sure we’ve all heard stories about what can happen when people drink and drive, and hopefully an event like this will make people stop and think before getting into a car after drinking. The sad part about the entire thing is that the NFL has a number for players to call and get a ride if they’ve had too much to drink, no questions asked. Although we’ll never know how many players actually use it, the program is in place to stop events like Brown’s death from happening.
So the sad story of Jerry Brown continued today and knowing that he wasn’t as intoxicated as Brent was doesn’t help at all. Sure, Brown’s level was lower than the legal limit, but that doesn’t mean he should have been driving either. However, the fact that it was makes us wonder ‘what if.’
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