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Jerry Brown’s alcohol level was below legal limit

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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.

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13 Responses to “Jerry Brown’s alcohol level was below legal limit”
  1. jersey73 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:43 AM

    This is upsetting even further. How can a relatively sober person get into a car driven by a guy that is considerably drunk? And if he was relatively sober, how do you let your best friend get behind the wheel.

    Once again, as the article states, my comments are in no way excusing Josh Brent’s actions.

  2. jbl429 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:43 AM

    Different people hide their intoxication better. It’s possible Brent appeared less drunk than Brown to each other.

  3. mavajo says: Jan 4, 2013 8:43 AM

    I feel awful for Brown’s family, but I can’t bring myself to view Brown as a victim. He was nearly drunk himself, and made the decision to get in the car with a dude that was clearly smashed.

    Awful tragedy, but I just find it strange how we villainize Brent, while victimizing Brown. Both dudes were drinking, and both dudes made the same poor decision to let a drunk guy drive. They both made the same bad decisions that night.

  4. nesuperfan says: Jan 4, 2013 8:55 AM

    Wow, it makes him all the more stupid for getting into the car in the first place. Why wasn’t HE driving?

  5. eatitfanboy says: Jan 4, 2013 8:56 AM

    So many ways this crash, and it’s aftermath, could have been avoided.

    The obvious thing is that Brent shouldn’t have been driving. But there was something else in the article I read that you didn’t mention: NEITHER MAN WAS WEARING HIS SEAT BELT.

    Brown’s injuries (dislocated neck, a severely bruised spine) are consistent with an unrestrained vehicle occupant being slammed into the roof or A-pillar of the car.

    All of which means, sorry to say, that Brown would probably still be alive if he had been wearing his seat belt.

    Again, none of this excuses Brent’s behavior, just thought it was worth pointing out.

  6. reesesteel23 says: Jan 4, 2013 8:58 AM

    To me, this somewhat flips the script. If you are legally sober, how could you possibly let someone hammered drive you around. Ofcourse he’s going to say he can drive like everybody says when they’re drunk….but come on….. RIP…..

  7. dcvtalum says: Jan 4, 2013 9:28 AM

    I don’t think most of you understand what BAC represents. It is not a measure of how drunk you are, it is simply a measure of how much alcohol is in your system. Just because Brown’s BAC was lower doesn’t mean he was more sober. If that is hard to understand, here’s an illustrative example: Let’s say there are 2 men of the same size. Man A drinks 4 nights a week. Man B only drinks a few times a year. One night they go out together. In 1 hour Man A consumes 3 beers while Man B consumes 2 beers. Man A’s BAC will be higher but in all likelihood, Man B will feel much more drunk. This is why using “how drunk you feel” is a terrible estimate of what BAC.

    Don’t drink & drive.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    For me this new knowledge brings up more questions. If Jerry was sober, then why didn’t he take charge of the situation and insist on driving or calling other transportation? Why get in the vehicle with someone that was drunk?

    Since their friendship went all the way back to college at Illinois, then wouldn’t Brown realize that Brent already had a DUI and shouldn’t be driving?

    Just doesn’t make sense.

  9. steelerben says: Jan 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    Legally sober, especially at .08 BAC, isn’t as sober as you might think. It is certainly enough to cloud your judgement. And if his judgement was clouded just enough not to notice how drunk Brent was, and if Brent was any good at concealing how drunk he was, then the inflated sense of confidence that comes with alcohol consumption could have been the deciding factor.

    Either way, if you are out a bar drinking enough to impair you to the point that you don’t think you can drive, there is no excuse to not use the free ride provided to you.

  10. sfm073 says: Jan 4, 2013 11:29 AM

    This is a situation where both men made bad decisions that night and one life is ruined and the other is over because of it.

  11. donkeykong2011 says: Jan 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    designated passenger.

  12. radiopirate says: Jan 4, 2013 6:01 PM

    One does not need to be over the “legal limit” to be charged with DUI. That’s the difference between it (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated”). All the cops need to do to justify a DUI bust is to show that the consumption of a controlled substance–in this case alcohol–in any amount impaired Brown’s driving to the point where he was unable to operate the vehicle safely. The outcome of his driving after consuming the alcohol should be sufficient to prove that fact… even in Texas.

  13. cjmar2k says: Jan 4, 2013 6:36 PM

    You are suggesting an intelligent, responsible decision be made by athletes that were slipped under the educational radar for HS and College and can barely talk in a sports interview. Anything beyond wud up, and nome-i-sayn bitch is cum laude flare fo dem.

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