Last week, much of the aftermath of the murder and suicide committed by Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher focused on whether the Chiefs should play the next day.
This week, news of the death of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown due to the alleged drunk driving of Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (pictured) has resulted in little or no talk of postponement.
Though our position would be the same as it was last week — it’s up to the players — it’s odd that what was a debate topic seven days ago is now regarded as a given.
Regardless, the Cowboys need help in processing the fact that one of their teammates is dead and that another is accused of responsibility for it. The league has issued a statement indicating that assistance will be provided to the Cowboys.
“We have been in contact with the Cowboys and have deployed staff members and our independent professional counselors to assist the team in dealing with this tragedy,” the league said. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jerry Brown and extend our condolences to his family, friends, and the Cowboys organization.”
We extend our condolences to all involved, too, and we wish the players comfort and peace as they try to process the events of the day.
We also extend our condolences to Josh Brent. He will for the rest of his life carry the guilt of causing the death of his friend and teammate, and that will be a difficult burden to bear for something he did not do intentionally. It will be deserved, but still difficult.