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R.I.P. Jerry Brown


Posted: 12/8/2012 3:27 PM

R.I.P. Jerry Brown 

Football fans everywhere are saddened by this news. My heart goes out to the familys who will suffer from this needless death.

 Posted by Michael David Smith on December 8, 2012, 3:34 PM EST
Jerry Jones AP

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has released a statement confirming the death of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the team’s practice squad.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Jones said. “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.”

Brown, a 25-year-old who played in one regular season game for the Colts this season before landing on the Cowboys’ practice squad, played his college football at Illinois, where he was a teammate of Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, who was driving the car in which Brown died this morning.

Brent was booked into the Irving City Jail on one count of intoxication manslaughter this morning, shortly after Brown died.

The Cowboys’ team plane is currently en route to Cincinnati, where the team’s game against the Bengals is expected to go on as scheduled.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 1:53 PM

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Dallas Cowboys’ Josh Brent:
“Jerry Brown was my very best friend.”

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent walked out of jail Sunday after posting
$500,000 bond.

He’s a free man for now, after being charged with intoxication manslaughter
following the death of Cowboys’ teammate Jerry Brown, who was a passenger in his
car that wrecked.

“Jerry Brown was my very best friend and I’m just trying to deal with his
death right now,” said a shaken Brent as he left an
Irving, Texas jail.

A probable cause affidavit said Brent was responsibile for the single-vehicle
rollover crash that killed Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys’ practice

News 8 in Dallas
reports that Brent, 24, and Brown, 25, were partying into Saturday morning at a
Dallas club before the fatal crash in Irving.

Brent was driving a 2007 Mercedes, with Brown as his passenger, at about 2:20
a.m., Saturday near Highway 114 in Irving.

The car hit an outside curb. It flipped over onto its top, landing in the
center of the road, according to Irving police.

“I can say investigators are certain they were traveling well above the
posted (45 mph) speed limit,” said John Argumaniz, a police spokesman.

Officers saw Brent dragging Brown from the car, which caught fire.

Brent and Brown lived together and were teammates not only with the Cowboys,
but at the University of Illinois.

“I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said in a statement. “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.”

Back in 2009, Brent was sentenced to
two years probation and 60 days in jail following a plea agreement over a
misdemeanor DUI charge when he played at Illinois.

Brent faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter charge.

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Posted: 12/10/2012 2:42 PM

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Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson of Champaign, Ill., confirmed Brown's final
Facebook post from Nov. 29, in which he wrote that he was expecting a child and
"how the fast life isn't as fun as it use to be after living it for so

"She will be here in two more months," Jackson said of Brown's baby daughter.
"She is going to be well loved. I have scrapbooks and everything to show her
what type of father she had."

Clark saw Brown about four or five months ago, but spoke with him frequently
via Facebook.

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Posted: 12/11/2012 2:13 PM

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Posted: 12/12/2012 12:02 PM

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As to the item on the blog, disturbing but maybe not. The caveat is we just don't know how he reacted or what he did or what his state of mind. He obviously kept saying Brown refused to get out so it shows clearly he wasn't thinking correctly. I've seen persons just after such accidents completely freeze and become zombie like either sitting in the vehicle or walking around. Shock can do a lot of things to one. 

Now, while I do believe Brent deserves to be prosecuted and sent to prison for the death, punished and forgiven, this isn't all on him either. Brent made a horrible decision that many are making every day and we're still as a nation doing nothing to stop it. DUI should be automatic loss of license and maybe even automatic jail time. Elevate it on the scale of crimes. And give officers the right and the direction to check those areas where many bar and club customers are leaving. 

Now, Brown shares the responsibility. He made the choice. Again, many others make that choice every day, to ride with someone under the influence, someone sometimes less drunk than they are. First, you shouldn't let your friend drive. Second, surely shouldn't ride with them.

And that brings us to others. The report was that there were 12 Cowboys there. 12. How many others drove home under the influence? Why did none of them stop Brent from driving? Why don't the clubs have valets and refuse to give the keys to those who have been drinking or require a breathalyzer to get your keys? I think that should be a requirement of law as well. Take the keys when they come in and don't return them if they aren't fit to drive. I'm sure there are many others, not just Brent, feeling some guilt for the events of the night now.

I hope everyone thinks before they start to drive after drinking next time. Or before they start to ride with someone drinking. Or before they let their friends leave and drive drinking. And notice I don't just say under the influence. You don't have to be under the influence for alcohol to impact your reactions. You could be at .06 and still have alcohol to impact you just enough to make the difference between life and death, yours or someone else's. 

We talk about athletes being able to afford alternative transportation and it is so true. But anyone can. If you can't afford a taxi ride home, then maybe you just can't afford to drink. People go to clubs, spend hundreds on drinks and entertainment. Then can't afford a taxi. 

This was a horrible tragedy but why does it have to be just one that we keep seeing repeated over and over.
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Posted: 12/12/2012 4:01 PM

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Posted by Darin Gantt on December 12, 2012, 2:20 PM EST
Josh Brent AP

The memorial service for former Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown was moving for the team at many levels.

But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was amazed by the compassion shown by Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson.

After losing her son in a one-car wreck for which Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter, Jackson invited Brent to ride with her to the memorial service.

Brent and Brown were friends and teammates at Illinois, and Brown was staying with Brent after being signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad. Brent’s free on $500,000 bond, and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

“It was as remarkable a thing as I’ve ever seen in my life to be honest with you,” Garrett said of Jackson, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I spoke to her after the game and got a chance to visit with her prior to the memorial. And the strength that demonstrates, the faith that she has, her ability to understand and have peace in this situation so quickly is remarkable. She’s been a rock for everybody, and she was again yesterday. And she really was remarkable.

“And you can tell that she has so much love, and her family has so much love for Josh, and there’s been a real connection there for a long time. The closeness they’ve had since they were together at Illinois and since they’ve been down here. She loves and cares about him very much. She, too, wants to support him in any way that she can, along with us and everybody here at the Cowboys.

“Again, it was remarkable. She’s a really, really strong woman. A special woman, in light of these circumstances. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

There’s no reason, other than an incredible capacity for forgiveness, for Jackson to have ever spoken to Brent again.

At her time of great pain, she opened her heart to the man who caused it, showing a strength many would not have in a similar situation.

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