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Jerry Brown’s mother extends ultimate gesture of forgiveness to Josh Brent

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The tragedy that claimed the life of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown entails various levels of blame and guilt.  Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent caused the car crash that claimed Brown’s life, allegedly while Brent was driving drunk.

If Brent was drunk, Brown got in the car with him, either while also intoxicated or completely sober.

But the accident didn’t happen intentionally.  So forgiveness should come freely.  And it apparently is, from the mother of Jerry Brown.

Via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told KLRD-FM in Dallas that Brown’s mother has asked that Josh Brent ride with her to Brown’s memorial service.

As we’ve said before, Brent will carry with him for the rest of his life the guilt that comes with the knowledge that he caused the death of his teammate, best friend, roommate.  While he must face the consequences of his actions, Brent deserves support and forgiveness.  If Jerry Brown’s mother is willing to forgive Brent, everyone else should, too.

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  1. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 11, 2012 9:51 AM

    Amen to that.

  2. jwil444 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:05 AM

    Scary to think how many times as a young guy, I got in the car with buddies after a night out. A tragic accident, nothing more.

  3. dieterlaser says: Dec 11, 2012 10:10 AM

    That’s amazing. I don’t think I’d be able to face the man that killed my son, intentional or not, so soon. Bless her heart that she’s able to forgive Brent, even if not completely. Condolences to her, her family, Brown’s friends, teammates and Brent in this tragic situation. Maybe the mother’s ability to forgive will be a glimmer of hope that comes from this tragedy.

  4. rj2323 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:11 AM

    Rest in peace

  5. patriotenvy says: Dec 11, 2012 10:11 AM

    Everyone else should too? Look up the word forgive. I don’t think it’s the correct word to use.

  6. skin94249 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:13 AM

    That’s bull…. according to the eyewitness, he had to be begged to get Jerry out of the car, even after he heard his yells for help. Seems he was thinking more of himself then his so called best friend. Nobody needs this kind of best friend! Props to Jerry’s Mom for her efforts to heal Josh. Seems like Jerry cared more for Josh then Josh did him.

  7. albertmn says: Dec 11, 2012 10:19 AM

    With the guys being life long friends, I am sure Brown’s mother knows Brent. That changes the situation slightly than if some random drunk driver had been involved. Still a tragedy that could have been prevented, but makes it more understandable that Brown’s mother could be forgiving.

  8. cfh666 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:23 AM

    She is an amazing woman! My prayer is that God will give her the comfort she deserves.

  9. bigbenh8tr says: Dec 11, 2012 10:25 AM

    skin94249 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:13 AM

    That’s bull…. according to the eyewitness, he had to be begged to get Jerry out of the car, even after he heard his yells for help. Seems he was thinking more of himself then his so called best friend. Nobody needs this kind of best friend! Props to Jerry’s Mom for her efforts to heal Josh. Seems like Jerry cared more for Josh then Josh did him.
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    Of course a skins fan rushes to judgement here. I was not on here bashing Sean Taylor when he died for having a criminal history and gang relations, so please don’t try to potray Brent as a bad person bc of this. This happens every weekend with NFL players and that is the real problem, he just had a bad break.
    After flipping a car you don’t think he made have had a concussion or been delerious? And how can someone put themself up on a pedastal bashing this player when they were a SOBER innocent bystander and could have helped as well. I know I would have sprinted to the car and done anything I could.
    Josh Brent had gashes on his head upon leaving the police station so was most likely very confused and out of it, and helped once he was composed.

    I hope you think long and hard about posting something like that again. Nobody is on here hoping for RGIII to have a torn ACL. Karma comes back eventually.

  10. lks311 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:25 AM

    While it is a magnanimous and heartfelt gesture by the mother of Brown, I think “freely” is a bit of a casual notion. Intent or not, she lost her son. I think it’s a major extension of love to forgive Brent. Let’s not make light of it.

  11. ceschatz says: Dec 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    What a great person. Lost her son and she still has more compassion than most of the rejects on this site.

  12. ceschatz says: Dec 11, 2012 10:42 AM

    skin94249 says:Dec 11, 2012 10:13 AM

    That’s bull…. according to the eyewitness, he had to be begged to get Jerry out of the car, even after he heard his yells for help. Seems he was thinking more of himself then his so called best friend. Nobody needs this kind of best friend! Props to Jerry’s Mom for her efforts to heal Josh. Seems like Jerry cared more for Josh then Josh did him.
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    Have you ever been in this situation? Have you never heard of shock? How pathetic you must be to pass such judgment on two people you know nothing about. Quit painting Jerry to be some saint when he made the initial choice to get in a car with a drunk driver. They both made poor decisions that night.

  13. mrfield16 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:46 AM

    He deserves very little forgiveness. Not only did he drive drunk (allegedly)….but if what the woman is saying is true…he left his friend in the burning car.

  14. patriotenvy says: Dec 11, 2012 10:53 AM

    Drunk driving happens way too much in this country. The it wasn’t intentional attitude enables it. lots of people have drunk drove before therefore they don’t want to be harsh. Some people forgive a murder because it is their way of coping. I hope this guy never drinks and drives again. But there are plenty of people who do.

  15. kingcrusher says: Dec 11, 2012 11:01 AM

    Give this woman some credit here. She lost her son. Nothing in this world can match the pain of losing a spouse or a kid, there’s just nothing that compares to the pain.
    The one thing I really hope is that this opens some eyes of the youth. It scares me when people shrug this off like it’s a freak accident and say “It could happen to anyone”. There’s a simple way to keep yourselves safe from this. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t think that you are greater than the consequences that could follow. You are not greater than those possibilities, and they do not discriminate or give anyone a better chance based on who they are.
    A family is now without one of its members, a loss that could have easily been avoided. While we can’t take it back, we can teach our youth (and adults) to make better decisions.
    My heart goes out to both families.

  16. supporthardhits says: Dec 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    Just how many liters of Ace of Spades Champagne did Josh consume with his buddy Jerry? How many times over the legal drunk limit was Josh when he got behind the wheel? The tune would be different if Josh killed your child, parent or bother BUT NFL jocks always get a free ride in the media and the law. Money and influence greases the wheels and buys silence and media censorship.

  17. pftcensorssuck says: Dec 11, 2012 11:23 AM

    First of all, quit saying this “wasn’t intentional”.
    While Brenty didn’t “intend” to kill his friend, he DID intentionally get behind the wheel of that car drunk.

    Second, I wonder if Brown’s mother is aware of the reports that Brent left her son inside a burning vehicle, and didn’t want to go to his rescue?

    If she knows that and STILL is dioing this, she’s a better person than most of us.

  18. gallogj says: Dec 11, 2012 11:23 AM

    Wow…I don’t get it. To have a son at all is a gift. For that son to play in the NFL and become wealthy…another gift. For someone to take everything he was or ever will be away by making one selfishly bad decision to drive drunk…especially when they have the means to pay for a taxi/limo/private jet…I don’t think I could ever forgive that person. If forgiveness = greatness…she is much greater than I. I hope the law isn’t so forgiving of this guy. He needs to be made an example so he doesn’t go out and kill the life and future of someone else’s child. He’s shown that he doesn’t learn lessons easily.

  19. oranjellojones says: Dec 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    “Of course a skins fan rushes to judgement here. I was not on here bashing Sean Taylor when he died for having a criminal history and gang relations, so please don’t try to potray Brent as a bad person bc of this.”

    Oh please, that’s only a good thing because you’d have gotten worked for even thinking such nonsense since Taylor never was involved with Gang violence and had a pretty clean life before his house was broken into.

    This guy’s stupid take has nothing to do with his being a Skins fan. Your nickname says it all, you’re more interested in hate than truth.

    And to the Skins fan…come on dude you make the rest of us look bad with such a myopic take. The guy screwed up and deserves heat but he was drunk and clearly in shock, him not reacting normally is a driect reflection of just how bad the wreck was. It’s interesting that the girl who “tattled” didn’t do a darn thing to help Brown either, she was more interested in giving Brent grief.

  20. Nevis says: Dec 11, 2012 11:32 AM

    And as for Browns mother, my deepest condolences and quite amazing to see someone that strong.

  21. boobsmcgoo says: Dec 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    Sad story. However, that forgiveness will last only until the family files a wrongful death lawsuit against Brent.

  22. jiggy3198 says: Dec 11, 2012 11:53 AM

    That woman is truly a saint. God bless her and her family.

  23. cheddarrob says: Dec 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Brown has just as much culpability as Brent in his own death. It is a very sad and tragic situation, but in the end if Brown had said no you had too much to drink ill call a can or a ride then he would be alive today. Brent lost a good friend because of a stupid decision, I’m sure he is not feeling good about what happened.

  24. toddbronson1 says: Dec 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    Not to take the blame away from Brent, but I think people are forgetting that Brown was willfully a passenger with a drunk driver. Ultimately, he could have saved his own life.

  25. thejuddstir says: Dec 11, 2012 12:08 PM

    Mrs. Brown is truely a remarkable person to have so much love and forgiveness in her heart. As for Florio’s description of the event I disagree. An accident infers just that…..no one had control over an outcome but in Brent’s case, he intentionally “chose to drink and drive” which does not qualify as “just an accident”.

  26. florida727 says: Dec 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    If what I heard is true, and there’s no reason to believe it isn’t, I don’t understand why ANY player in the NFL doesn’t take advantage of their free ride program. Supposedly, there’s a program for players in which they can call a toll-free number and be picked up by a car service and given a ride, AND the team is not informed of it. Doesn’t matter if someone is drunk, has a flat tire, whatever, the reason doesn’t matter, and there’s NO record of it happening being reported to the team or the league. Kind of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” for players, all in the interest of keeping them safe. There’s (again, supposedly) no cost for using the service. It’s just part of being an NFL player. Why would someone NOT take advantage of this if true? It’s sad that this program came to light just because of what happened.

  27. LawGirl says: Dec 11, 2012 1:41 PM

    gallogj: “I hope the law isn’t so forgiving of this guy. He needs to be made an example so he doesn’t go out and kill the life and future of someone else’s child. He’s shown that he doesn’t learn lessons easily.”

    Regardless of what happened, this isn’t how the legal system works. People who are famous should neither get a break nor should they be “made examples of” based on the fact that they are famous.

    This was the same thing that happened with Lindsay Lohan – she got a worse outcome than anyone else would because she was/is a celebrity and the judge felt pressured to impose a harsher sentence against her than anyone else in her position would get IF they weren’t her.

    This is beyond tragic, however laws are in place to deal with this without emotion – as it should be since we’re a society that adheres to these laws.

    And before anyone starts in on the “what if it was your kid” argument, legally, the above still stands, however emotionally, I’m in awe of Brown’s mom. I would like to think I would do the same, but I don’t know that I would have the strength to face the person that caused the death of my kid or that I wouldn’t be calling for blood in that instance.

  28. cometkazie says: Dec 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    The mother is being a great example.

    Mothers often are.

  29. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 11, 2012 2:23 PM

    I’ll believe she truly “forgives him” when she signs a waiver stating she won’t sue him.

  30. jody46 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:46 PM

    I can understand how loving a mother ane woman this woman is but is there any truth about what the woman said about brown not taking him out of the car and checking on his friend as the woman said and she had to keep telling him to try to get him out. I can’t believe the dude was that evil that was drunk hurt his friend and was asking for help and didn’t take him out till the last minute. who is telling the truth?

  31. matzahballz says: Dec 11, 2012 3:08 PM

    It’s unfortunate to read some of these posts that focus on the legality and accusations.

    A mother that’s lost her son is showing signs of compassion and forgiveness and THAT ALONE should be acknowledged! Not about the legal side of things.

    Her gesture is above and beyond how many of you would respond to this situation. God Bless her and her heart for her choice and decisions.

    He will have to answer for what he’s done and take responsibility for his actions in court and he will.

    If Mrs. Brown can forgive like this, then each of us should honor that decision and give the same support and respect.

    God Bless her family and RIP.

  32. bluebongzilla says: Dec 11, 2012 4:06 PM

    “He deserves very little forgiveness. Not only did he drive drunk (allegedly)….but if what the woman is saying is true…he left his friend in the burning car.”

    She left him in the burning car, too. The law says to stop and render aid. She didn’t even have to stop to give the only aid she gave, which was call 911.

  33. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 11, 2012 6:50 PM

    I agree with this entire article.

  34. edithpiaf51 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:21 PM

    The mother is a class act. That takes a lot to forgive and she did. She demonstrated God’s love. God bless her and her family through this difficult time. Prayers to her.

  35. roseann894 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:48 PM

    Sad story. However, that forgiveness will last only until the family files a wrongful death lawsuit against Brent.

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    Not sure why everyone gave thumbs down to this. She SHOULD sue Brent and any bar that (over)served him, the dear lady is entitled to some level of compensation for her loss. Right now she’s just coping the best she can.

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