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Report: Brent caught Cowboys officials by surprise yesterday

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Cowboys owner defended the presence of Josh Brent on his sidelines yesterday.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean he sanctioned it beforehand.

According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Brent took both Jones and coach Jason Garrett by surprise when he showed up at the stadium yesterday.

Brent’s free on bond after being charged with intoxication manslaughter for the car crash that led to the death of teammate Jerry Brown.

Archer’s source said Brent came at the urging of teammates, but that team officials were surprised when he showed up. Brown’s own mother said she forgives Brent, and has supported him throughout.

The Cowboys placed him on the non-football injury list, which makes him ineligible to play but he can attend team functions. He apparently left the sidelines during the second half.

“Our team and our players wanted him today on the sideline,” Jones said after the game. “Jerry’s mother asked us directly as a group. She said, ‘Support him. Help him. He needs your help. Jerry wants that. I want that.’ His teammates asked him to come and be down there with them, and that’s where we are.

“I do know that certainly that there’s the other side of the coin, but this is a case that the people that arguably he’s the closest to really wanting him around for him.”

Brent’s presence caused a bit of controversy, and will likely continue to. Cowboys Stadium is a big place, and if they wanted to have him around, there are a lot of places they can put him that wouldn’t be as conspicuous as the sidelines.

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25 Responses to “Report: Brent caught Cowboys officials by surprise yesterday”
  1. stoolerz says: Dec 17, 2012 5:57 PM

    Look, the guy messed up big time and deserves any jail time he has coming. Props to him for coming forward and taking the heat for his mistake head on. It could not have been any hotter than on the side lines. That said, if he wants to continue to support the team, find a different spot during gametime going forward. Support the team by helping them focus on the game-not being a distraction.

  2. kleppnasty says: Dec 17, 2012 5:59 PM

    What he did was tragic and extremely unfortunate, but the only reason to “hide” him in an inconspicuous spot would be if he didn’t want to be seen. His teammates clearly wanted to support him and have him back with the team, so there was no better place than on the sideline.
    He made the costliest of mistakes and I won’t weigh in on what the legal remifications should be. But if the victim’s own family can forgive him, then I think the public can at least leave him alone. That doesn’t mean the public must forgive him or support him, it just means there is no reason to pile on if the affected family is willing to move on.

  3. helloanybodyhome says: Dec 17, 2012 6:09 PM

    I have a hard time believing Jerry didn’t know Brent was going to be on the sidelines.

  4. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 17, 2012 6:12 PM

    Feel bad for everyone involved. That being said, he should not have been on the sidelines.

  5. muckman207 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:17 PM

    So essentially, Jerry & Jason didn’t have the stones to tell him he can’t be there.

  6. upperdecker19 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:38 PM

    I’m curious if Jerry Jones would share the same opinion if another member of the Cowboys organization were killed instead of Jerry Brown? He does have family members in the organization.

  7. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:43 PM

    The dude is going to pay for the mistake every day for the rest of his life…and he will be in all likelihood going to prison…but yeah lets all try to ruin his life more and ban him from going to one of the few places that might bring him some comfort…talk about piling on a guy…

  8. f4phantom9277 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:10 PM

    I find it amazing that Saints were suspended for a year and did not injure anyone and this guy kills someone and is not suspended by the league…..

  9. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:26 PM

    f4phantom,

    Brent`s suspension is going to come in the form of orange jumpsuit and bars. I dont think Goodell is going to find it necessary to suspend him…

  10. drgreenstreak says: Dec 17, 2012 7:30 PM

    @f4phantom9277 -

    Ever heard of Due Process? As do the courts, the league will do things as prescribed by rule.
    Got a problem with that?

  11. dcowboy4life says: Dec 17, 2012 7:46 PM

    Big freakin’ deal. So he was on the sidelines WHERE his team wanted him to be. The guy is suffering enough without the added idiocy of the media and those who can’t forgive. Jerry Browns mother forgave him, Josh needs support and getting it from his teammates is what he needs. Why should he hide??? He never denied what happened, has nothing to hide so why hide himself? Leave the guy alone! He’ll get more than enough “publicity” when his trial begins!

  12. f4phantom9277 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:47 PM

    Killing someone by DUI (not his first offense) would seem to be quite detrimental to the integrity of the league and the game……….and society, but that is ok, you are still a team member evidently available to team activites.

  13. coseybedaman says: Dec 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    There isnt many people that can say they havent gotten in a car after a night of drinking, and did the same thing these guys did. It was a horrible tragedy, but Jerry Brown was intoxicated as well. Then he chose to get in the car with another intoxicated person, and didnt wear his seat belt. No one wins here, but Josh Brent suffering for the rest of his life helps no body. If I passed away sometime like this I would not want my friend to take the fall. Brown was just as negligent as Brent, unfortunately he ended up paying with his life.

  14. pftstory says: Dec 17, 2012 7:52 PM

    If the guy shows up, removing him creates more of a distraction than having him there.
    Most of us, him being there has no effect. The family and players were fine with it. So why should Wally in Waco be up in arms? Next home game have a plan in place.

    Both players did a stupid thing getting in that car. One has paid for it. One is and will continue to, as he should.
    We are all friends with people who have done the same stupid thing. What line in the sand have you drawn, when they risked theirs and others lives but got lucky?
    It’s so much easier to do when you don’t know the person.

  15. mike5011ad says: Dec 17, 2012 7:56 PM

    He should not be on the sideline. That doesn’t mean that you don’t support him, though. In most jobs where a high profile person has a high profile incindent, it is always in the best interest of all parties to stay out of the public eye. That is why when you see a cop, or a teacher, or a high profile official in a serious situation, they are re-assigned or suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation. By having him on the sideline and out in the public wearing Cowboys apperal, all you are doing is begging for someone to instigate a confrontation with Brent. Would you be surprised if a drunk person in the stands instigated a “Ron Artest in Detroit” incident?

    Nothing good can come of a person accused of negligent homicide and on bail standing on the sidelines of an NFL game. Regardless of what the deceased’s family or his teammates say, it would be wise of him to stay home and keep a low profile. Remember, he’s on bail for a serious crime, and he is only one small misstep away from having his bail revoked…

  16. lostone49 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:14 PM

    Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth have both played in games after the same kind of incident. I don’t see how Josh Brent being on the sideline is considered to be so much worse of an action.

  17. joebloww says: Dec 17, 2012 8:21 PM

    If he had killed my team mate, I wouldn’t want him on the sideline.

  18. turfrage says: Dec 17, 2012 8:53 PM

    It’s no one’s business but the Cowboys and those two families. It’s not anyone else’s self righteous place to judge. No one has said he won’t pay the legal consequences, but if they want to show their love and support- good for him and them!! There’s enough judgmental haters out there.

  19. anpsteel says: Dec 17, 2012 9:22 PM

    Jerry Brown’s mother seems like an incredible human being-

    Jerry’s mother asked us directly as a group. She said, ‘Support him. Help him. He needs your help. Jerry wants that. I want that.’

    Her compassion and concern for the man that is responsible for her son’s death- is stunning in it’s magnitude.

  20. paulsmith107 says: Dec 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    The guy made a mistake. Dante stall worth killed a man while drunk but got off because the guy wasn’t in the cross walk when he crossed the street. Ray Lewis allowed was part of a murder because he let the man who stabbed another man to death get in his vehicle to get away. He made a mistake I bet half the people coming down on him have driven when they shouldn’t have. I hope he doesn’t have to serve an extraordinary amount of jail time but enough to teach him a lesson.

  21. jamesrogers5555 says: Dec 17, 2012 9:40 PM

    He didn’t kill the teammate, but is responsible for it.

  22. billsin20xx says: Dec 17, 2012 11:02 PM

    One problem I have always had with them prosecuting drivers who hurt/killed passengers, if they were great friends, and they were both drunk, and the passenger knew the driver was drunk (and probably bought half his drinks) but had him drive anyways, should the driver really be responsible for his friends death or was the victim just as responsible?
    Don’t get me wrong, totally wrong what he did but I am only wondering about the manslaughter charges for his ‘accomplice’.

  23. billsin20xx says: Dec 17, 2012 11:05 PM

    As I re-read that please don’t think that I think he shouldn’t be in trouble, but just wondering did he really murder his friend?

  24. Electric Boogaloo says: Dec 18, 2012 10:08 AM

    He didn’t just “mess up” or simply “make a mistake”. He killed a man.

  25. zerole00 says: Dec 18, 2012 10:40 AM

    There isnt many people that can say they havent gotten in a car after a night of drinking, and did the same thing these guys did. It was a horrible tragedy, but Jerry Brown was intoxicated as well. Then he chose to get in the car with another intoxicated person, and didnt wear his seat belt. No one wins here, but Josh Brent suffering for the rest of his life helps no body. If I passed away sometime like this I would not want my friend to take the fall. Brown was just as negligent as Brent, unfortunately he ended up paying with his life.

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    You do realize when you drive drunk the people IN the vehicles aren’t the only ones in danger? You and your friends could crash for all I care, that’s your choice, but what if you struck some bystander who WAS behaving responsibly?

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