It’s no surprise that Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown, who died last month while riding in a car driven by Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (pictured), had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.
It’s definitely a surprise that an autopsy revealed Brown’s blood-alcohol content was below the legal limit.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Brown’s blood revealed a concentration of 0.056 percent. Fluid from his eye showed a higher concentration of 0.079 percent; it’s normal that this measurement is higher, and it’s still within the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
In contrast, Brent’s blood-alcohol concentration was measured to be 0.189, more than twice the legal limit.
Though Brown’s sober-within-legal-limits decision to get in a car with someone who had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system doesn’t excuse in any way Brent’s conduct, the least intoxicated person in the car often is the one driving it.