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Brown’s mother forgives Brent, says they weren’t wearing seat belts

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Faced with her own tragedy, Stacey Jackson continues to show remarkable faith and forgiveness.

The mother of former Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown said after a wake for her son that she held no grudges toward his teammate Josh Brent, who was charged with intoxication manslaughter for the crash that claimed her son’s life.

“His number was up. It was time for him to go meet God,” Jackson said, via Jason Whitely of WFAA-TV.

Jackson made an impact on the Cowboys with her strength through her grieving, after asking Brent to sit with her during the memorial service.

She said Friday night that she bore no grudge toward Brent.

“[Brent] just knew that I was going to blame him or go off on him or hit him – but no,” Jackson said. “Jerry would frown down on me if I did that, because that’s not the way I raised him.”

Of her first conversation with Brent, she said she tried to emphasize the fact it was an accident.

“He [Brown] wouldn’t want you to blame yourself, because both of y’all didn’t have seat belts,” Jackson said. “It was like a little burden lifted off [Brent.] . . .

“I’ve forgiven him, because he has enough on his plate with just reliving the whole thing over and over and over, and that’s going to be for the rest of his life.

Brown’s grandmother, Theresa Clark, echoed those sentiments, and said she didn’t want Brent to be prosecuted.

“Heavens no, that’s just the type of person Jerry was. No, we’re not mad. If anybody should be mad, we should be mad. But we’re not mad,” Clark explained. “That boy loved him. That was his friend. It was just an accident.”

That may be true, but the combination of alcohol and the lack of seatbelts make it an avoidable one, which adds a layer to the tragedy.

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14 Responses to “Brown’s mother forgives Brent, says they weren’t wearing seat belts”
  1. kattykathy says: Dec 16, 2012 10:33 AM

    I may be in the minority on this, but if the mother doesn’t want to prosecute, then the authorities should respect that.
    Both young men made mistakes that evening.
    This was not an intentional act.

  2. breesus504 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:34 AM

    That is one strong lady and family….

  3. oi2dwrld says: Dec 16, 2012 10:36 AM

    Bless these women that they forgive Brent, but he was driving while drunk and could have killed someone else’s child. For that he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  4. theonlyjagsfan says: Dec 16, 2012 10:41 AM

    Similar incident with family members of mine. My cousin was street racing and flipped the car. His brother wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and the impact killed him(the passenger). He wasn’t convicted, didn’t do any time, but it’s a burden he’ll have with him for the rest of his life.

  5. kacapaco says: Dec 16, 2012 10:52 AM

    These women truly understand the boys were close friends from college; Browns was staying in Brent’s house; they were having fun and tragedy struck.
    Talk abt love, forgiveness and understanding reality and you will see Brown’s family. God bless them.

  6. jjbadd385 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:05 AM

    His mother is right. While the whole thing is tradgic & heartbreaking, she knows her son made the choice to ride with a drunk driver.

  7. bigsuede says: Dec 16, 2012 11:12 AM

    I never understand the involuntary murder charges on these sorts of events. Yea Brent was drunk- but so was Brown. They both made the dumb mistake with not wearing seatbelts.

    Losing a friend is the harshest punishment. That said- he should still face jail time for being a danger to the rest of us on the road.

  8. hoochbcs says: Dec 16, 2012 11:19 AM

    It would be nice if Brent could continue to earn a very large income and make sure Jerry’s unborn is fully taken care of.

    If you throw him in jail and out of the league, he’ll earn 10 bucks an hour the rest of his life. Given him a chance to earn and pay restitution will be of far greater benefit to the Brown family. A player like Josh Brent could easily earn 10 million over the next five years before fizzling out.

  9. clk320cpe says: Dec 16, 2012 11:20 AM

    This such a horrible tragedy for everyone involved. Yes Josh will have to keep reliving it & that in itself is a horrible thing to have looping in anyones head but it was so senseless & unavoidable when he was given a gift 3 years ago that he didn’t appreciate. That this woman can forgive knowing that this is the second time he was caught & the authorities involved with Brent driving drunk is amazing. She’s an example for everyone. Unfortunately so it Josh Brent. If you are lucky enough to escape a first drunk driving conviction without maiming, hurting or killing anyone it should be a wake up call for some self-examination. If Brent had only been mature enough to understand what a gift he was given in 2009.

  10. helloanybodyhome says: Dec 16, 2012 11:33 AM

    Seems like a very nice family…more forgiving than I think I could be.

  11. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:41 AM

    She is an example of living her faith. Most people in her situation would be calling for his head, but she has managed to turn the other cheek and forgive.

  12. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 16, 2012 12:11 PM

    A remarkable woman.

  13. dadawg77 says: Dec 16, 2012 12:22 PM

    Wonder how much the not wearing seat belts played into the crash. That might be the biggest lesson here, always wear your seat belt.

  14. dznutz28 says: Dec 16, 2012 3:34 PM

    Josh Brent already had a DWI conviction and got off lightly and kept drinking and driving. He may have an alcohol addiction and time in prison may be what he needs to break this addiction. So time in prison to break this addiction if he has one might just be what’s needed to keep the citizens of where ever he lives safe. Too many cases out there of drunks continuing to drive drunk after killing someone. So you may not agree as prison time for punishment but it will help keep people safe because history has proven that some drunk drivers will continue to drive drunk even after causing deaths.

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