Last night, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent went out with his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. Tonight, Brown is dead and Brent is in jail, facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter. From jail, Brent issued a statement through his agent expressing deep sadness at that shocking turn of events.
“I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said. “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 enough 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 teammates and his friends at this time.”
Brent and Brown were teammates and friends at Illinois before they became teammates again this season when the Cowboys signed Brown to their practice squad. Friends, teammates and coaches from their Illinois days have described the two as close and said that Brent had welcomed Brown to the Cowboys and served as a mentor to him.
Now Brown’s life is over at the age of 25, while the 24-year-old Brent faces a felony charge and, he says, a tragic loss that he’ll live with forever.