Posted December 17, 2012

Report: Josh Brent’s appearance at Cowboys game surprised team personnel

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Josh Brent appeared on the Cowboys sidelines the week after a crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. (Photo courtesy of the Associated Press)

Josh Brent appeared on the Cowboys sidelines the week after a crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. (Photo courtesy of the Associated Press)

Dallas Cowboys team personnel were surprised that defensive tackle Josh Brent made an appearance on the sidelines of the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, reports ESPN.com.

The report says that Brent was at the game after his teammates and Jerry Brown’s mother urged him to go and that owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett were made aware that Brent was at the stadium just before the game was to begin. The Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24 in overtime to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The team put Brent on the non-football injury list last week, so he is allowed to attend any team function. Brent left the game in the second half.  Brent, 25, is out on bail after being charged with intoxication manslaughter after the vehicle he was driving in hit a curb and killed Brown. Brent’s blood alcohol level was reportedly more than twice the legal limit for the state of Texas.

“Our team and our players wanted him today on the sideline,” Jones said. “Jerry’s mother asked us directly as a group. She said, ‘Support him. Help him. He needs your help. Jerry wants that. I want that.’ His teammates asked him to come and be down there with them, and that’s where we are. I do know that certainly that there’s the other side of the coin, but this is a case that the people that arguably he’s the closest to really wanting him around for him.”

Brown’s mother asked the other Cowboy players to help care for Brent and keep him involved with the team at Brown’s memorial service last week.


13 comments
esgalan2
esgalan2

"that was a result of the wishes of Stacey Jackson, Jerry Brown’s mom, who stood before us at the memorial on Tuesday and really encouraged everybody and almost made a plea to everybody to keep Josh in our family and to keep him close and support him in every way that we can"  quote from Jason Garret.

 

If Brown's mother was okay with it, I think no one has any business to feel outraged !

 

All this "holier than thou", righteous stance is a just  cheap way of feeling good about oneself with ZERO personal cost...

 

Sooooo easy....

 

And  it seems beyond the ability of a lot of people to imagine that Brent might be living a nightmare right now and will have to carry the death of his friend for the rest of his life. 

I don't know the guy, and anyone who's got only "media feed " on him can't pretend to .

But apparently people who actually interacted with him in REAL LIFE( teammates, and again Brown's mother) don't seem to think he is a bad guy.

That should get people to bach off  and let legal proceedings take their course. Brent will be judged and punished accordingly. It's not as if he has been given a free-pass !!

 

But what am I saying ? 

 

Let all throw stones at the sinner !!! Yipeee !!!  

 

Because if we are throwing stones it must means that we are "good guys" right?

 

Anyone reading this, ready to swear on their parents or children's head that he NEVER EVER found himself behind the wheel while being over the legal limit for alcohol ? NEVER ? NOT EVEN ONCE ?  Come on....

 

Sometimes the hypocrisy level of the crowd mentality make me nauseous.

craig1
craig1

Moron should not have been there and the organization should have had the good sense to make sure he was not allowed to be there. That's a real nice message Cowboys - drunken killing a teammate is A OK with the organization.

KelubTX
KelubTX

Ask any counselor or health expert and they will tell you that support, not isolation, is the best way to rehabilitate a person. He has to live with it the rest of his life. People who cared about him wanted to support him. It doesn't mean they condone is actions. He will be held responsible for what he did. And they didn't ask him to leave in the 2nd half, he left when he realized the media caught wind of him being there. If it was your daughter, or son, or friend who made the mistake he did, would you ostracize them and label them an outcast? People have no heart. If Jerry's mother asked the organization to support him, then I think they did the right thing, and all the armchair critics look like calloused fools. 

jefe462
jefe462

If that was Romo he killed, would he still be on the sideline? haha

m.guszak
m.guszak

Classless organization, don't see how it tarnishes their image any more than usual.

brucem
brucem

We want you there, but only for the first half...

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

BS they were surprised. Classless move from a classless organization.

master7727
master7727

Forgiveness is devine under these circumstances. Something God always wants us to do no matter how difficult it may be.

eckopf11
eckopf11

I'm sure if he was a more integral part of the Cowboys team and a start player, he'd probably be on the field. 

muktech
muktech

Wow the mother has a big heart. It's not easy!!

Rob34
Rob34

 @KelubTX you look like a naive fool. he's a murderer. he caused another person to die while breaking the law. "if it was your daughter, or son, or friend who made the mistake"?!?! How about if it was your daughter, son or friend who was killed?! What kind of message does it send to fans, (and kids) that you can kill someone and it only makes you more famous and loved?

davelockford
davelockford

 @muktech It's to her credit, and clearly a recognition of the friendship and love that Josh Brent and Jerry Brown had for each other, that she is making such a plea.

 

But she is not the only voice who has a right to be heard, and certainly her wishes don't trump all others. Brown had a relationship with the mother of his soon-to-be-born daughter. He had aunts and uncles. He had 19 cousins. And he had close friends in St. Louis and in other places around the country. All of them certainly had a right to express their feelings just as publicly.

 

While I'm sure they would all respect Brown's close friendship with Brent, they wouldn't necessarily have expanded the Christian call to forgive to include having Brent visibly parading on the Cowboys sideline in a nationally televised game.

 

And make no mistake that there was a statement being made by Brent in his appearance. After all, he couldn't play for the Cowboys, so he didn't need to be on the sidelines. He wasn't even eligible to suit up for the game, so he was in street clothes. He served no functional purpose at all for the team. He was there to make himself visible to the cameras. That is a selfish act.

 

Coach Garrett was only 'made aware' of Brent's presence before the game was to begin? That sounds rather hard to believe. Regardless, the coach could've very simply told Brent as soon as he saw him on the sidelines that he could not be there. Or, he could've immediately called Jerry Jones to deliver the message.

 

The fact that they _did_ deliver the message to Brent at halftime shows that they were obviously concerned about the image problem.

KelubTX
KelubTX

 @Rob34 How has it made him "more" famous or "more" loved? That makes no sense. Did he get a book deal? Movie rights? Was he on GMA? No, he's going to be facing criminal charges for his actions. He also removed himself from the sidelines as soon as he realized he was receiving attention. And no, I can't say that my reaction would be the same as the victim's mom's reaction. But I don't know the full scope of their relationship. And seriously, the "what about the children" argument... how many children watching a football game understand the full scope of the situation anyway? As a fan, I think it sends a message that the team is a family, and they support each other. If one of my children made a tragic mistake that resulted in the death of their sibling, as sad and grievous as i'd be, I wouldn't cut her off and kick her out of the family. It's a sad, tragic, emotionally complex issue that too many people think they have the definitive answer to. What's sad is that people use a tragedy like this as an excuse to espouse "hate" for a sports team they already dislike. How about you all let the family of the victim and the team involved work out how to grieve, and keep your self-righteousness judgmental comments to yourselves?