Citing the forgiveness shown by Jerry Brown’s mother, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said this week that the Cowboys would embrace defensive lineman Josh Brent as he deals with the intoxication manslaughter charges he faces as a result of driving drunk and getting into the accident that killed Brown.
That would explain Brent’s presence on the team’s sideline at Cowboys Stadium while they face the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. It makes for an odd juxtaposition with the helmet stickers the Cowboys are wearing to honor Brown and it is sure to be met with a wide range of reactions from around the football world.
My own reaction is that it feels very awkward to see Brent there given what happened a couple of weeks ago. At the same time, it’s hard to know what kinds of conversations went on in Dallas before coming to this decision and that makes any judgment of the appropriateness difficult.
The Cowboys lead 3-0 with a little more than 10 minutes gone in the first quarter of the game.