Posted December 18, 2012

Cowboys reportedly bar Josh Brent from sideline

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Team officials did not know Cowboys players encouraged Josh Brent to appear on the sidelines Sunday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Cowboys officials did not know Josh Brent’s teammates encouraged him to appear on the sideline Sunday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Nose tackle Josh Brent will not be allowed on the Cowboys’ sideline the remainder of the season, team and league sources said Tuesday, according to an ESPN.com report.

Team and NFL officials were unaware that Brent would be on the sideline Sunday after being charged with intoxication manslaughter two weeks ago in the crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Both the team and the league have agreed that his presence was not appropriate, sources said.

Brent’s appearance on the Cowboys’ sideline drew wide criticism in the media. CBS NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason called the sight of Brent standing alongside teammates “disgraceful” and the “worst” kind of example considering his legal issues

According to sources, Brent originally was reluctant to attend the game, but changed his mind at the urging of several teammates. His status on the non-football injury list allowed him access to the stadium and field.

Coach Jason Garrett, who didn’t know Brent was at the stadium until pregame warmups, said Monday that Cowboys players were following the wishes of Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson.

“I didn’t know he was going to be there and I saw him prior to the start of the game and really 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,” said Garrett.

Garrett said once Brent became aware that his presence was creating controversy, he left Cowboys Stadium in the third quarter.

Owner Jerry Jones didn’t know Brent was on the team’s sideline until he saw him on his stadium suite television.


4 comments
esgalan2
esgalan2 like.author.displayName 1 Like

"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"

 

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

 

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

  sooooo easy....

On a related note, 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 hold their judgement  and let legal proceedings take their course.

But no, let's assume he is a bad person !

Let all throw stones to the sinner !  Because if we are throwing stones it must means that we are "good guys" doesn't it ?

It's easier to see the world in black and white (no pun intented)  : much less strain on the brain, probably .

BobVincent
BobVincent

The NFL needs to go away.  Just more of the same.  Violence begets violence.  87% of NFL Players have right to carry permits?  What does the NFL do for us other than creating more domestic violence, more consumption of alcohol, 6 hours in front of a tv instead of with your kids, watching grown men assault each other in the most violent of ways.  Real caveman stuff...

RandallFox
RandallFox like.author.displayName 1 Like

BobVincent, It must be nice being so morally superior to all of us cavemen that you feel you should have the authority to tell us how we should be living our lives. Since many of us currently enjoy NFL games as a form of entertainment, please enlighten us as to which forms of entertainment you would approve as an alternative for those of us too stupid to think for ourselves. Then, maybe we can get the Federal Government to ban all unapproved forms of entertainment, and tax us more to subsidize the approved forms. Your utopian vision sounds so wonderful. Please enlighten us, oh great one.

DERRICK1
DERRICK1

I more than agree with this decision, but I think that Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones stating they had no idea he was there until just before the game started is complete crap! No way Jerry Jones doesn't know what's going on in this organization 24/7. Those kinds of bad decisions are exactly why they'll miss the playoffs.......AGAIN!