Tragedy in Dallas

Tragedy in Dallas

For months since GET WITTED SPORTS had a YouTube channel, I would bring news on sports figures getting busted driving while intoxicated and I would have a Dumb Ass of the Week category (now discontinued) and would put them in it.  I have yet to understand how a sports figure who makes millions of dollars refuse to use a cab or pay a friend to be a designated driver when they know they are about to go out and get drunk.  I stopped the DAW vids because it seemed like there was a player getting a DUI every week and I didn’t have time to make the vids.  I would hope and pray that something would jar some sense in these players before the unthinkable happens, but it was too late.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested for drunk driving and charged with manslaughter on Saturday after a car he was driving crashed and killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr, in the second tragedy involving NFL players in a week. 

Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said that Brent, 24, was driving at high speed on a state highway at 2:21 a.m. when the car slammed into an outside curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least one time before coming to rest in the middle of the service road.  Brown, who had been in the passenger seat, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later. Brent suffered minor scrapes and was booked into the Irving jail, where he remained on Saturday awaiting arraignment, police said.

Officers at the scene believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, Brent was given a sobriety test and based on the results and the officer’s observations and conversations with Price-Brent, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said at a news conference.

Brown, 25, was a linebacker on the professional team’s practice squad but had not played any games with the Cowboys. He had played in one NFL game for the Indianapolis Colts this season before joining the Cowboys. 

Brent, 24, has started in five games for the Cowboys and played 12 this season since regular starting defensive lineman Jay Ratliff was sidelined with injuries.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued a statement expressing his condolences to Brown’s family.

We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. Our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.

Josh Brent - mug shot

Joshua Price-Brent’s mugshot

Brent remained in jail on Saturday and his bond will be set at his Sunday morning arraignment, police said. The drunk driving charge was upgraded to intoxication manslaughter, a second degree felony which is punishable in Texas by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

When police arrived on the scene of the accident after several 911 calls, part of the car was on fire. The 2007 Mercedes sedan was resting on its roof in the middle of the road, and Brent was dragging Brown out of the burning car, said Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz at a news conference.

Brent has been arrested for drunk driving before. While he was on the University of Illinois football team, he was arrested February 23, 2009, on a drunk driving charge. He spent time in the county jail and was suspended from the team, according to local media reports. He eventually left school and was drafted by the Cowboys.

Hopefully now player and people in general will know that when you know you are about to go out and drink, this will be your best friend at the end of the night.Taxi symbol3

 

 

Written by AG2

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