Josh Brent no longer allowed on Cowboys’ sideline

AP

Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was on the sideline during Sunday’s game against the Steelers, even though he is currently facing intoxication manslaughter charges for a car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown. But Brent isn’t welcome on the Cowboys’ sideline anymore.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that both the Cowboys and the NFL are in agreement that it was not appropriate to have Brent on the sideline and it won’t happen again.

It’s odd, however, that the Cowboys would be in agreement that Brent shouldn’t be on the sideline, considering that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game that Brent belonged there with his teammates, and that Brown’s mother supported having Brent on the sideline.

But while Jones may have defended having Brent on the sideline after the fact, inviting Brent to be there wasn’t Jones’s decision. In fact, Jones didn’t even know Brent was there until Jones spotted Brent standing near the bench, after the game had started. According to Werder, a Cowboys player on injured reserve brought Brent with him to the game without clearing it with Jones, head coach Jason Garrett or anyone else.

The Cowboys were harshly criticized, most notably by Boomer Esiason on CBS, which broadcast the game, for having Brent there. Fans also expressed dismay on social media at the sight of a man who had been accused of driving drunk and killing someone standing on the sideline, smiling and enjoying the game. And Brent apparently left in the third quarter after he had been informed that his presence was described as inappropriate by some who saw him there.

Now Brent won’t be there anymore.

83 responses to “Josh Brent no longer allowed on Cowboys’ sideline

  1. Where is Goodell during all of this? To worried about hard hits to do what he should have done the minute this happened, suspend him indefinitely?

  2. Really do not understand some people proclaiming that Brent should be allowed to stay on the sideline simply because he has the forgiveness of Jerry Brown’s Mother. At the end of the day, the Dallas Cowboys are a business, and having a KILLER on the sidelines in front of a televised audience, regardless of his relationship with the departed’s family and teammates, is bad for business and implies that the Cowboys do not vehemently oppose this kind of atrocious behavior. Think about what kind of what kind of message this sends to the fans if Cowboy’s brass allow a repeat DUI offender and teammate Killer to stay on the sidelines? Good move, Jerruh.

  3. The “player on injured reserve” who brought Brent to the game shouldn’t be looking to buy any real estate in the Dallas area any time soon. On a team full of low-IQ players, with an owner who specializes in stupidity, this may have been the dumbest move of all.

  4. Bad move by him to show up without notifying his coach……more bad that Jones initially defended having him there as if consideration was given and a decision was made to have him there in support of him, players and Mrs. Brown, when in fact it seems that was not the case……..disappointing……

  5. Just a little egg on Jerrah’s face on this one. It’s not the first time and you can bet it won’t be the last time. I bet the player on injured reserve who bought Brent to the game got a azz chewin’ from Jerrah.

  6. pretty sure if I was issued a DUI and killed someone in an accident I would be fire instantly. Brent somehow got to have field pass tickets. Seriously isn’t there some kid out there whose wish it is to be on the side of a cowboys game they could have put there rather than brent…

  7. The NFL is becoming more embarrarassing every day. Donte Stallworth killed someone, was convicted, and is on the field playing. Brent has not been convicted, and it’s a jury’s job to do so, not the NFL’s.

  8. Having a guy on the sideline who you know will be convicted of intoxicated manslaughter is not good for anybody. It was poor judgement to have him there last week.

  9. @m100be

    “If the mother of Brown has forgiven him and he is on bond, then let him stand on the sidelines. Stay classy, Dallas.”

    Youre clueless. Last I checked the mothers of victims dont decide accountability and punishment in criminal cases. I dont care if it was an accident. His carelessness cost his friend his life.

  10. How many of you would have known who he was if the camera had just scanned past him during the cours of the game. CBS is the network that covered the game and THEY CHOSE to point it out and make a story out of it to get ratings. Maybe all of these comments belong on THEIR website….

  11. newmarketmaulers says:Dec 18, 2012 11:37 AM

    Makes me appreciate the Patriots even more. This guy wouldnt have made it past the stadium entrance at Gillette.

    Try showing just a little respect and or sorrow for your actions
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    The Patriots(Patsies) have Donte Stallwoth on the field after he was convicted of killing someone, so don’t act so holier than thou. Brent has not been convicted, and it’s a jury’s job to do so, not the NFL’s. The NFL’s front office is becoming more of a lame joke every day.

  12. IMO, he shouldn’t be in the public eye right now. Regardless if Brown’s family has forgiven him. Just stay under the radar so stuff like this can’t be written about you.

  13. I forgive him because Jerry Brown’s mother forgives him. God bless her.

    But that was a bad P.R. move by the Cowboys. He needs to be prosecuted for what he did. It’s only right.

  14. Mara needs to make a new rule… he could then apply it to the Cowboys retroactively.

    He has good experience doing this.

  15. They both knew they were drunk when they got into the car. As far as I’m concerned he should be charged with DUI only. The fact that someone died is tragic but he had the option of not getting into the car. They were both out drinking together.

  16. “Makes me appreciate the Patriots even more. This guy wouldnt have made it past the stadium entrance at Gillette. ”

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    The Pats have brought back Donte Stallworth 2x since his time in jail for DUI and killing a man (even though he was crossing the wide street not in a crosswalk).

  17. No one knows the inner turmoil that Brent is dealing with. Just because he’s seen smiling on the sidelines doesn’t mean he’s not mourning and remorseful. I think it’s safer for all of us that he was on the sideline. Why? He could have been somewhere else, perhaps with a loaded gun, contemplating suicide.

  18. This always blows my mind when I hear about an NFL player (Or any professional athlete for that matter) who gets a DUI. The league has a system set up where players can call any time of day or night and get a ride home. Its unfortunate that these guys never seem to utilize this program. Its even more unfortunate when the fact that they neglect to use this ends up taking someone’s life. Not only should this idiot not be on the sidelines he deserves to have the book thrown at him. If I can afford to call a cab with my sub $50,000 salary you surely can too NFL players!

  19. The crash itself was an accident insofar as it likely wasn’t intentional. The choice to drive drunk was made while sober and then carried out while drunk. That guy is no victim of circumstances, he created them. Allowing him access was monumentally stupid and the cover up excuse was just as bad.

  20. If I remember correctly, Donte Stallworth and Leonard Little did a little more than stand on the sideline after their convictions. Don’t act like Brent is the first. And don’t act like your team doesn’t have a handleful of poor decision makers either.

  21. “Forgiveness is a virtue we as Christians should maybe practice”

    This has nothing to do with forgiveness.

    Just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean you then have to accept them back into your life as you did before.

    Brent has not earned that, and does not deserve that.

  22. Yes, he was careless. But you people (what do you mean you people) think that he should never have a happy day in his life from now on or until you say so because of it.

    This was tragic, and a sad, and misfortunate mistake he will have to live with for the rest of his life. He is not a murderer. He did not do this in cold blood. They were both drinking and not wearing seatbelts. It happened and there is no getting around it. His actions cost another man his life, but at what point to do you people forgive or believe that he can go on with his life, even playing football possibly? If you say never I would like to see your glass house.

  23. @phoff12,

    No, he needs to be charged with intoxication manslaughter in addition to DUI. Yes, they were both drunk but they made the choice to risks their own lives as well as others. And Brent has a history of DUI — why couldn’t he learn the first time?

    Brown got his sentence. Brent needs to get his.

  24. Nobody would have noticed if it wasn’t for the CBS cameras and video producers deciding to air it on the game so CBS is just as much at fault for this story getting out of hand. I bet you if CBS hadn’t shown him and he was still on the sidelines this would be a non story cause how many people can pick him out on the side lines without his jersey.

  25. I guess I don’t understand why the victims mother’s opinion matter when it comes to him being on the sideline or not.

    Sure she’s closer to the situation than most, but she’s hardly the only one affected by his mistake or mistakes like the one he made.

    There are millions of people who have lost loved ones to drunk driving accidents that saw Brent laughing and yucking it up on the sideline while watching the game.

    If she wants to have him over to watch the game at her house that’s fine, but outside of that I don’t think her opinion should hold much weight here.

  26. It’s odd, however, that the Cowboys would be in agreement that Brent shouldn’t be on the sideline, considering that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after the game that Brent belonged there with his teammates, and that Brown’s mother supported having Brent on the sideline.
    Not really odd, when you consider people in Texas are not the brightest bulbs.

  27. Dumb as a rock and clearly has a brain the size of a pea. Simply not understanding that perhaps the sidelines is not an appropriate place for him to be (and smiling) just validates the accounts of the woman who was the first on the scene of the accident.

  28. If you make a choice to ride with someone who is drunk, what do you think will happen? Everyone is so intent on Brent accepting responsibility for his choice to drink and drive, yet noone has the guts to say Brown made a choice and what happened to him was the more than likely outcome. He lost his life, and I know how precious life is, especially since I’m the father of a 5 year old & knowing what happened in Conn…yes life is precious. But Brown isn’t just a faultless victim in this case. Just as Brent must be held accountable for his bad decision, shouldn’t we also accept that Brown’s own choice in this case is the reason he is no longer alive?

  29. phoff12 says: Dec 18, 2012 12:15 PM

    They both knew they were drunk when they got into the car. As far as I’m concerned he should be charged with DUI only. The fact that someone died is tragic but he had the option of not getting into the car. They were both out drinking together.
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    Exactly! How many of you can say that you have never got behind the wheel of a car when you were legally intoxicated? I promise that level is much lower than you would expect. Most of the people I know with DUIs had no idea they were even close to the limit (one guy was beyond hammered and hit a house with his Honda CRV though pretty funny). I know I have driven (with friends) when I thought I was okay and in retrospect was probably over the limit. They both knew how much alcohol the other one had and they decided to get in the car. Is it tragic…yes but they both made the decision. Brent did not pull a gun and force anyone into the car.

  30. Everyone knows that owners and coaches lie to the press and the public all the time. But it is still so great when you catch them red handed.

    Not only did Jones and Garrett act like they were totally fine with him being there, they made it sound like it was their idea.

    And how do we know they are telling the truth now? This could always be spin based upon everyone’s reaction to him being there.

  31. I guess I don’t understand why the victims mother’s opinion matter when it comes to him being on the sideline or not.

    Sure she’s closer to the situation than most, but she’s hardly the only one affected by his mistake or mistakes like the one he made.

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    It’s not about his mom’s opinion outwieghing others. This man killed her child, and if she can find it in her heart to forgive her son’s killer, than I feel like we can’t stay too mad at him.

    Forgiveness is for yourself; it doesn’t mean you forget what happened.

    We can, however, shun him for his actions and hope he gets whatever punishment that is coming to him.

  32. Donte Stallworth was dealt with by the justice system. He stopped at the scene,attempted to aid the victim,he was not found to be speeding,the victim was jaywalking across a very wide street with fast moving cars.Stallworth plead guilty ,his(short)sentence was arrived at with cooperation of the victims family and taking all facts into consideration.He served it and returned to his profession. Until this case is tried or otherwise resolved,this player has no business being involved in team affairs. The allegations by eyewitness accounts of his apparent indifference to his passenger’s condition and fate may well play a large role in how this case is resolved. Clearly Brown’s mom is ahead of the curve on all of this. That is her right and she must do whatever brings her peace.

  33. “Makes me appreciate the Patriots even more. This guy wouldnt have made it past the stadium entrance at Gillette”. Dante Stallworth. Yet another patriots lover speaking without thinking.

  34. my question is how could he even show his face…smdh…if I had done what he did… accident or NOT I would be so embarrassed that I think I would just remove myself from the public eye for a long time…what is wrong with peeps????

  35. Forgiving someone for a crime doesn’t mean you should forget and that person should not pay the price. He shouldn’t have been there. That should have been part of paying the price for what he did. I think it’s great that Brown’s mother was strong enough to forgive this guy. However, he still needs to pay and that’s that. It’ll continue inside of a jail cell here soon.

  36. Can I ask a question guys??

    What am I not getting here? The guy accidentally killed his best friend. Don’t you think he’s suffering mentally? Don’t you think he feels like crap too? The dead guy’s mother has embraced him because she feels his remorse..isn’t that a sign to us all? This man is struggling to make it and he needs his Cowboys teammates for support right now. He ACCIDENTALLY killed his best friend. He’s in Hell right now. He may be suicidal for all we know.

  37. Irresponsibilty is no excuse! Forgiveness is a powerful feeling and thought most folks don’t have in this society, but I do believe it was inappropriate to have Josh on the sidelines cause I couldn’t live with myself being seen by millions after being charged for drunk driving and killing my best friend..he is gone and can’t come back..just so sad.

  38. Its nice that mom forgave this idiot. She doesn’t own and run the Cowboys, however.

    Dante Stallworth served his sentence and went back to work. Also, Dante behaved MUCH differently that this idiot. The eyewitness account of what happened after the accident says everything we need to know about this scumbags frame of mind.

    Now if we could only get Pat Shurmur to get into a car with this drunken fool…….

  39. Realdeal, you said: Can I ask a question guys??

    What am I not getting here? The guy accidentally killed his best friend. Don’t you think he’s suffering mentally?

    What you’re missing is the pain that a lot of people feel when it comes to drunk driving. I’m sure Brent regrets his actions, but unlike the untold numbers of people who have been killed by a drunk driver (or killed someone because they were drunk), Brent had the same chance/ability as we all have to not become a statistic.

    He made a bad choice, but this isn’t only about him. It’s about every other person affected by drunk driving, which, sad to say, is all of us.

  40. I know this is going to be an unpopular thing to say, but the only difference between what he did driving while drunk, and another player/person driving while drunk IS TOTALLY OUT OF Josh’s hands. It was more about chance and bad luck PAST the point of deciding to drive while intoxicated.

    If the NFL is going to take this hard of stand, then they better do it to everyone who gets a DUI – since it is only a fortunate occurance when someone doesn’t get killed or hurt.

    The mistake was Josh driving drunk – not that he purposefully killed someone.

  41. The guy needs to go to jail if the allegations against him are proven to be true and having him smiling and yucking it up on the sidelines certainly was a PR disaster.

    But even given all that, I’m not really following why a member of the Dallas Cowboys would be banned from the sidelines of the Dallas Cowboys. Either the NFL or the Cowboys could suspend him and ban him from the sidelines. Why that hasn’t happened is beyond me, but until it does happen it’s more than a bit hypocritical for them to complain about him being around the team.

  42. Leave it to Jerry Jones to make it all about his Cowboys.
    The mere fact that this clod was allowed on the same pavement as the stadium was a clear violation of any ethical rules .

    Since his mediocre QB can’t garner any press, why not use a tragedy like this to stir the hornet’s nest, right Jerry?
    Get the press talking, no matter how bad the conversation is, just get them talking about you.

  43. “The Patriots have Donte Stallwoth on the field after he was convicted of killing someone, so don’t act so holier than thou. Brent has not been convicted, and it’s a jury’s job to do so, not the NFL’s. The NFL’s front office is becoming more of a lame joke every day.”

    Donte Stallworth spent a year in jail and paid the family of the victim several million dollars.

    He did the crime, paid the fine…I’d say he deserves a second chance in life.

    Yes, the Patriots are a cut above the rest.

  44. I think the Cowboys handled this properly and I am not a Cowboy fan. Brent put them in a difficult situation by showing up unannounced. The team wants to appear supportive but clearly would have preferred he stay the hell away.

  45. Brent is not the victim here. I don’t think we should expect him never to smile again, but he absolutely should not be mucking it up and smiling on the sidelines on national tv. Just because the mom forgave him doesn’t mean he should have a free pass to enjoy himself on the sidelines. If nothing else, it’s a slap in the face to her.”Thanks ma’am for the forgiveness, now I’m going to go hang out and joke with my boys.”

    The Cowboys should get a little heat, but most of it should be aimed at Josh Brent who once again showed terrible lack of judgement by even showing up.

  46. Whether he should be allowed on the sideline isn’t an issue with me. Right or wrong,…not my decision to make.

    However, If he is going to be there, at least act contrite. I mean, you did just kill someone. Couldn’t believe I saw him laughing and joking. Felt really creepy watching it.

    If I were him, I’d been too ashamed and sick to my stomach to have made such an appearance.

  47. It’s not about his mom’s opinion outwieghing others. This man killed her child, and if she can find it in her heart to forgive her son’s killer, than I feel like we can’t stay too mad at him.

    Forgiveness is for yourself; it doesn’t mean you forget what happened.

    —–

    I don’t agree with this nor do I understand this logic. Just because she forgave him doesn’t mean anyone else is obligated to. As you said, forgiveness is for yourself. It’s a decision each person has to make.

    While those of us in the public are not directly effected we have every right to be upset at someone who foolishly and selfishly violated the law, endangered others, and killed someone as a result. Crimes don’t only effect the victim, they have an effect on society. The public is justified in being angry and disturbed by this. This idea that people are wrong for criticizing or not supporting or immediately forgiving a drunk driver is very bizarre.

  48. “Donte Stallworth was dealt with by the justice system. He stopped at the scene,attempted to aid the victim,he was not found to be speeding”

    But he was found to be legally drunk, with a BAC level of 0.12. You’re right, Stallworth was afforded the due process that the Constitution says we have a right to. Josh Brent has not been afforded that right yet, though.

  49. “Just because you forgive someone doesn’t mean you then have to accept them back into your life as you did before.

    Brent has not earned that, and does not deserve that.”

    Who asked you to accept Josh Brent into your life?

  50. “Since when did the Cowboys exhibit any class or decency?”

    When they kept every single employee on the payroll while the lockout was going on. Since when have you ever exhibited any class or decency?

  51. Brent also got a DUI in 2009. Someone earlier posted that it was just bad luck that he wound up killing his teammate.

    Seems Brent made his own luck and was too stupid to figure out the lesson from getting picked up the first time.

  52. “He ACCIDENTALLY killed his best friend”

    Drinking and driving is not an accident, it is a conscious decision. A stupid, arrogant, selfish, criminal one.

    I personally don’t understand why the Cowboys are all of a sudden averse to having criminals on their sideline. It certainly hasn’t bothered them when they’re there in uniform.

  53. Murdering someone is pretty serious stuff.

    The other guy was in the car voluntarily.

    Give the self righteousness a rest.

  54. So what about the other Cowboys who were at the same event, did not help their teamates to not drive away, and they were presumably on the sidelines and playing in the game? Ray Lewis put a murderous posse together and he’s some kind of linebacker God? As long as that POC is afforded any kind of respect, I don’t think you can look to the NFL sidelines for the virtuous role models some people think are there. Rothlisberger’s problems? If this society lets a man walk free, then then there’s no reason he can’t be on the NFL sidelines or play in the game in my opinion.

  55. @istateyourname – While you’ve got some good points, I wouldn’t bring in Roethlisberger’s problems into this. He was never charged with a crime. What these others have done is provable and, in many cases, they confessed. Ray Lewis clearly took part in murder, but he was cleared. I have no respect for the guy and find him despicable, but he was acquitted.

    Most any one of us regular Joes would lose our jobs if we were so much as charged with a felony, let alone convicted. Luckily, however, there ARE a few virtuous role models on those sidelines. Unfortunately, the media nor the NFL really seem to care and will never highlight them for such conduct.

  56. Jerry Jones, Garrett and the Cowboys can say whatever they want but make no mistake, this makes them look really bad.

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