It’s been over a year since Jerry Brown died in a tragic car crash on Texas State Highway 114. Those familiar with the DFW area have probably driven this road countless times just like I have and probably just like Brown and Josh Brent did before the accident. Yet alcohol, 2:30 a.m. and driving simply don’t mix.
Brent was the driver the night the two Dallas Cowboys made national headlines and he was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter with a blood alcohol level of .18 percent, well over the Texas legal limit of .08. Because of that, his college teammate and friend is gone forever, which affects a lot more people besides Brent.
Brown’s family is now without a loved one who should still be here. Is it correct to blame Brent for that? Maybe, but everyone has their own opinion on that.
The problem with Brent’s 180-day jail and 10 years of probation sentence is he didn’t show any remorse for his actions. Yes, NFL players get drunk and do stupid things behind the wheel all the time, but rarely does it result in the loss of life, especially someone else’s life. And in those rare cases, the person legally at fault at least pretends to be sorry.
He failed two drug tests in less than a month’s time while waiting for a verdict on his intoxication manslaughter case. Does he have an addition? Yes, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is on record saying Brent “still uses alcohol and illicit drugs” following the incident. Addictions aren’t kicked overnight, but it doesn’t seem like Brent has even tried to stop the bad habit that resulted in his best friend’s death.
Yet he’ll likely be playing for the Cowboys again in 2014. Jerry Jones and basically everyone in the entire Cowboys organization have continued to publicly express support for Brent during this entire process and now it appears that he’ll not only get off with a slap on the wrist, but he’ll go back to getting paid millions of dollars to play a game as well.
There are a ton of Rants that could be taken from this case, but this one is sports-related: Brent is a perfect example of why the Cowboys are average, at best, and have been for the greater part of the last two decades. There is no mental toughness or accountability anywhere in the organization and now Brent is basically being told those traits aren’t required outside of football, either.
So now, all of the Cowboys players are being given a horrific message that will undoubtedly make things worse in Dallas: Making tragic mistakes is acceptable and it’s also okay to not show any remorse for them or do anything to fix them.
As if the Cowboys (and the rest of the NFL) needed another reason to make stupid decisions on and off the field, Brent getting off Scott Free is the icing on the cake. Congratulations, Dallas fans: We now have the most respectable sports organization in the world that shines with integrity. Excuse me while I go puke.