As former (for now) Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent awaits trial on intoxication manslaughter charges, the presiding judge has offered some friendly advice to the lawyers involved.
Watch what you say.
Though a formal gag order wasn’t issued, the Associated Press reports that the judge asked counsel to be more careful with their words, given that some of the things said have been inaccurate.
Brent’s lawyer wanted the judge to tell the prosecutor to zip it completely. That won’t happen for now, and it likely will never happen if the lawyers exercise more prudence when commenting publicly.
Brent retired from the Cowboys on Thursday, in a move that likely resulted from behind-the-scenes discussions that included the league office telling Brent if he doesn’t retire he’ll be indefinitely suspended.