Another tragic event in the NFL today, just one week after the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide.
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested at 4:14 A.M. today on charges of intoxicated manslaughter. The person reportedly killed was Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Brown was his teammate at Illinois and went undrafted in 2011. No other details have been released but this will be updated accordingly.
Brent is a former 7th round selection out of Illinois in the 2010 supplemental draft after being declared ineligible his senior season.
Josh Brent also spent time in jail while at Illinois for DUI in 2009.
Update: Brent was allegedly speeding when his vehicle hit a curb, flipped over, and came to rest in the road. Brown was unresponsive and taken to the hospital where he was declared dead. Brent took a field sobriety test, failed, and then was taken to the hospital to test his BAC before going to jail on a 2nd degree felony charge.
Update: Here is a statement released by the Irving Police Department
“Officers at the scene believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash; therefore, Price-Brent was asked to perform field sobriety tests. Based on the results of the tests, along with the officer’s observations and conversations with Price-Brent, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He was transported to an area hospital for a mandatory blood draw. Once it was learned that the passenger of his vehicle had died as a result of the crash, Price-Brent was booked into the Irving City Jail on one count of Intoxication Manslaughter.”Brent has started 5 games, mostly due to starter Jay Ratliff missing time due to injury.
Update: Brent and Brown were partying with Shawn Wayans at a Dallas hotspot prior to last nights incident.
Update: Josh Brent has been released from jail at approximately 4:15 P.M. Sunday afternoon on $500,000 bond. He also released a statement saying the following:
"I am devastated and filled with grief, Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our team."
WFAA has some new details regarding the incident also, stating that when police arrived they saw Brent pulling Jerry Brown from the vehicle which had started on fire due to the accident. He was arrested following the officers determining he was the driver of the vehicle and after he failed numerous field sobriety tests. He was charged with a second degree felony intoxication manslaughter which holds a punishment from 2-20 years in prison and no more than a $10,000 fine.
Update: Eyewitness Stacee McWilliams drove up to the scene shortly after Josh Brent flipped his car; and says Brent was reluctant at first to help Brown out of the car, which allegedly had caught on fire:
“Josh looked at me and he said ‘(Brown) won’t get out of the car,’ And I said ‘well you can’t just leave him in there and let him die, you’ve got to help him. Go get him.’ I commanded him several times and Josh looked at me again and he said ‘he won’t get out of the car’ and I told him ‘you can’t stand here and watch him die. You’ve got to get him out.’ He still didn’t move so I thought he wasn’t going to help at all."McWilliams states that after she went to her car to grab her cell phone, presumably to call 911, is when Brent finally started pulling Brown from the wreckage.
Update: Josh Brent's BAC has finally been released. Brent, who refused a breathalyzer but could have blood drawn against his will due to a death, had a blood alcohol content of .18, more than double the legal limit. The Dallas Morning News also has more witness statements, three total now.