Bar that served Josh Brent faces scrutiny

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As “retired” Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent awaits trial on charges of intoxication manslaughter, a bar that served Brent alcohol the night that culminated in the death of teammate Jerry Brown faces scrutiny from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

According to WFAA.com, the Commission said Friday that it has found “sufficient evidence” to believe that Beamers Private Club in Dallas was selling alcohol to intoxicated persons, and that that the club encouraged “excessive” drinking.

The Commission said that investigators have concluded Beamers was the last place Brent stopped before the fatal crash.

No action will be pursued against Beamers by the Commission until Brent’s trial has ended.  Beamers faces a fine or suspension/revocation of its license to sell alcohol.

Bars and restaurants routinely confront the dilemma of when to cut off their customers.  Apart from facing challenges to their ability to sell alcoholic beverages (and the reality that it’s irresponsible to unleash drunks onto the public roadways), establishments that serve intoxicated customers risk significant civil liability.

29 responses to “Bar that served Josh Brent faces scrutiny

  1. Hate what this world is becoming. If a person isn’t responsible enough to realize how drunk they are it’s not the bars fault. Wish I could have lived 40 years ago where people didn’t complain constantly and a lesser majority of people didn’t try tools their money the easy way (sueing, etc)

  2. Why not blame the bartenders parents for giving birth too! Must we always blame others for our actions?

  3. Yes, lets blame the person serving the drinks, not the person drinking them. The person serving drinks should know the consumer’s limits better than the consumer, obviously.

    God I love this screwed up country.

  4. Being that Jerry Brown was sober when he as Brent left the bar, it’s hard to fault the bar for letting a drunk Lear with a sober. Tragic mistake belongs to Brent, not the club

  5. I’d say it’s about time! This oaf was BLOTTO when he staggered out of that bar and piloted a guided missile through the night, killing his friend.

  6. Arguably the greatest flaw in the US legal system and in my mind the cause for so much that is wrong with govt and society today is the fact that a bar, or a friend who throws a party, can somehow be charged for the damage and reckless behavior caused by someone who attended such event/establishment. People should be judged on their own actions; plain and simple. I honestly think it’s not so far fetched to argue that there’s a connection between this law and the fact that people are always looking for a scapegoat for their problems. “It wasn’t my fault, it was the bar’s for serving me all that alcohol.” I get that they’d be separate crimes, but it is just mind boggling that the bar can be faulted as a contributor in this crime.

  7. It’s a BAR! No bar should be held liable for anything that transpires outside its property. There isn’t a bar in this country that would be afloat if they stopped serving patrons that were over the legal limit to drive.

  8. Don’t be so foolish, there is no shift of blame. It’s not like Josh Brent is getting away with it. But if that bar has over-served him, then they should get their share. Serving intoxicated people is against the law. Accountability applies here.

  9. Brent is looking at Jail time, how is he not being held responsible? Brent should have let Brown drive (I know, to late for shoulda coulda woulda). On the other hand, how could the bartender know who was driving? Two people come in, one is getting “to’ up” and the other isn’t drinking…well I’m going to keep serving because I’m thinking the one who isn’t drinking is driving. I guess it goes to show you shouldnt assume. But Brown, not blaming the victim, but did he know how sloshed his buddy was? Had to have an inkling considering he wasn’t intoxicated. Brent still will be punished considering it wasn’t his first dui…

  10. It’s the insurance companies that will go after the bar. Some times the person involved has no say in it.

  11. Brent apparently got up over 110 mph that night and was not wearing his seat belt.

    I blame Mercedes.

  12. Mandatory breathalyzer locks that would be on from 6pm > 9am. DUI Offenders would be sentenced to round the clock locks. Tampering with the device and getting stopped intoxicated, should result in severe prison sentences.

    Drunk driving can be stopped, just a matter of how to prevent driving and how to apply consequence on a scale that makes no-one want to take a chance !

  13. If Brown was sober then why wouldn’t they let them leave? Had to assume the sober guy was going to drive. Blame Bith Brent & Brown as far as I’m concerned, but not the bar.

  14. It’s the bars purpose to make money, not be responsible for anyone sobriety. What I find troubling is that according to what i have read, Jerry Brown was sober when he and Brent left the club they were at. How could he let Brent drive?

  15. bamboozle99 says:
    Aug 3, 2013 3:56 AM
    Don’t be so foolish, there is no shift of blame. It’s not like Josh Brent is getting away with it. But if that bar has over-served him, then they should get their share. Serving intoxicated people is against the law. Accountability applies here.

    So it’s a law that a bartender has to have less evidence of intoxication to take action than a police officer does? We hear so may people say “innocent until proven guilty” about DUI offenders whose BAC comes back over the limit but a bartender is supposed to have to be held legally liable without any form of testing available to them? Insanity. What a messed up law. Surly it reflects this country’s denizens overall feeling of “I’m an adult let me do what I want” until they do something wrong then it’s someone else’s fault who should have acted like the idiot’s parent and done something to stop them.
    Catering to the lowest common denominator is eroding this great country.

  16. Mandatory breathalyzer locks that would be on from 6pm > 9am. DUI Offenders would be sentenced to round the clock locks. Tampering with the device and getting stopped intoxicated, should result in severe prison sentences.

    Drunk driving can be stopped, just a matter of how to prevent driving and how to apply consequence on a scale that makes no-one want to take a chance !

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    Says the guy who is probably endlessly looking at his cell phone while driving. I’ll take a drunk driver over a cell phone addict any day, at least the drunks are watching the road.

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