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Stephen Jones won’t rule out Josh Brent’s return to Cowboys

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Josh Brent is set to be released from prison in the coming weeks after serving the 180-day sentence handed down after his conviction on intoxication manslaughter charges related to the drunk-driving accident in 2012 that killed his Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown.

Brent retired from the Cowboys last July, although there’s some reason to believe he did that to avoid a suspension from the league. That suspension may still come, but the team still has his rights and executive vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday that the team won’t rule out Brent’s return.

“The league will have a big say in when he can come back, but we’ll certainly evaluate that situation when it comes,” Jones said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.”

Brent has not played since December 2012 and the Cowboys defense has changed it’s shape since that time. Whether or not Brent fits with a team that needs help on the defensive line is a secondary question to the one of whether the league will allow him to try to provide it.

Per Watkins, both the team and Brent’s agent Peter Schaffer have been in contact with the league, but no decision about further discipline has been made. Brent also was sentenced to 10 years probation when convicted and would face a 10-year prison term if he violates it.

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  1. pftoracle says: Jun 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    Nothing funny here, he should be banished from the NFL, period.

  2. nj22 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    Embarrassing to Dallas fans. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that when he gets his 3rd and 4th DUI he doesn’t kill a starter I guess.

  3. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 3, 2014 4:52 PM

    Only the classless Dallas Cowboys would even consider bringing him back.

  4. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jun 3, 2014 4:52 PM

    If you wanna hate on Ray Lewis or Aaron Hernandez or Ray Rice or even OJ Simpson is fine. But here is a young man who made a mistake, is legitimately sorry, and you all aren’t going to be happy until he’s dead or atleast banned from the league. Who’s the real monster?

  5. orivar says: Jun 3, 2014 4:54 PM

    This could be a good thing, or it could be a bad thing. Hopefully it’s the former. The fact at the end of the day is that his friend, his best friend, got in the car with him. As the driver he’s responsible legally however over all it was a decision where they both had stake in, unfortunately somebody died.

    Poor decision making by the both of them. Josh for driving drunk, Jerry for letting his friend drive drunk however I’m not going to act like he should be banned from football. Nor am I going to act like some saint casting stones from a glass house. Nor am I going to act like I have personal stake in that incident as the ones that are affected by this aren’t on PFT. They’re the family members and Josh Brent.

  6. westsiiide says: Jun 3, 2014 4:56 PM

    Wrong, he made a mistake and got away with it and the team enabled him. He made that same mistake and killed a teammate. You want to give him the chance to make a 3rd mistake under your banner?

  7. bassplucker says: Jun 3, 2014 5:02 PM

    Well for one thing, he’s about 100 lbs too heavy to play DT in the scheme the Cowboys are running now.

  8. bornahawker says: Jun 3, 2014 5:06 PM

    Aaron Hernandez and Darren sharper wanna play for Dallas too! Idiots

  9. paulsmith107 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:07 PM

    Yeah only the classless cowboys would bring him back lol. Dante stallworth has played Ray Lewis and there are others who have done things to this magnitude. Point is he paid his debt to society and now if the nfl will employ him who cares. He made a mistake and not to be an jerk but brown was sober he knew better and got in that car with him. You are also breaking a law if you are sober and let a drunk person drive. Either way it was a terrible thing that happened but he paid his due that was asked of him and the mother of the victim forgave him and the nfl will employ him

  10. jolink653 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:08 PM

    Really shows you how little regard NFL teams have for the law. Break a law and they’ll still be interested in you as long as you have some kind of talent. Hell, drive drunk and kill a a teammate and you’ll still be welcomed back with open arms. You think someone wouldn’t sign Hernandez if he gets out at a semi-young age and dodges those murder charges? It’s really getting embarrassing now, and even today the Bills will just swallow hard and slap Dareus on the wrist for all his legal problems because of his talent level. Can’t believe someone would let Brent play on their team and represent their franchise after what he did

  11. dtr3e says: Jun 3, 2014 5:08 PM

    The same thing happened in the NHL a bunch of years back with Dany Heatley killing his teammate. He came back and has had a pretty good career. And this isn’t the first time a player has killed someone while drunk (Donte Stallworth) but this time it was a teammate

  12. ariani1985 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:10 PM

    Packers on line 1!!!

  13. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Jun 3, 2014 5:27 PM

    He went to jail without a wimper,paid his debt according to the law and now should be free to pursue whatever career he so desires

  14. westsiiide says: Jun 3, 2014 5:28 PM

    Imagine if they bring him back and another Cowboy gets a DUI and Jones tried to discipline him. Would the player wait till he left his office to start laughing or would he do it right in Jerry’s face?

  15. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jun 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    “killed someone while drunk”…guilty, BUT…this someone is not an innocent victim, this someone had a choice and choose to get in the same car with his drunk teammate. Lets make sure we put it in perspective; the proper perspective.

  16. shatho1 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:31 PM

    Ray Lewis was accused of murder and a lot of people think that he was guilty and got away with it but no one was complaining when he played. sounds to me everyone forgot about giving people a second chance and just ridicule cuz they have nothing better to do

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 3, 2014 5:39 PM

    If Jerry Brown’s Mother can forgive Brent, I can too. Second chances and all that….

  18. calkinsrob says: Jun 3, 2014 5:39 PM

    To come down so strong on Brent is a little ridiculous. I did read up again on the case and he was going like 110 in a 45 mph speed limit. So dont let him off the hook so easy, what kind of idiot drives that fast knowing hes under the influence.

    It was his good friend and I do feel for Brent tho. I dont think the league should ban him.

  19. kamthechancellor says: Jun 3, 2014 5:50 PM

    Seems a little redundant to have to serve a league suspension after actually serving jail time. Isn’t that punishment enough for everyone involved? Especially since the victim’s family forgives him. I think the lesson he’s already learning trumps all.

  20. casurferho says: Jun 3, 2014 5:59 PM

    No jail or criminal sentence is going to repair the pain in his heart! So your saying that once someone gets out of jail, they should never be able to work again?? Makes no sense….. Would it be ok for him to clean carpets??! I don’t agree with driving drunk, but he was sentenced and did his time…. I think it was light but it is what it is…..

  21. ssv113 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:59 PM

    For all who like to live in the land of extremes grab a criminal law book and start reading. This kid is not equal to Ray Lewis, Ray Rice or OJ Simpson. Those three are not even on the same playing field as each other. The legal system in this country is the best in the world, and he has completed his time. He needs to work when released from prison, and all this man knows how to do is play football. So, instead of coming on here and laying down a few sentences about how horrible he is and how dumb the Cowboys are for possibly given this guy an opportunity to redeem himself, the Cowboys should be given respect for sticking with the guy in a time of need when most companies would have fired him and turned their back. I’m not saying that this situation should be taken lightly, but if the mother who lost her son is standing by this guy, the Cowboys are standing by him, the rest of the country should witness and realize that just because you mess up, does not mean you need to be sent to exile.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 3, 2014 6:00 PM

    A tragic mistake and yes Brent served his time.

    But is this the kind of guy you want in your locker room? Shouldn’t they have concerns with this guy hanging with younger players off the field? I don’t like it.

  23. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jun 3, 2014 6:08 PM

    plzzzzz lets all stop using the most abused word in the English dictionary…’MISTAKE’.

    Mistake = locking keys in car, leaving the lights on, dropping a plate, etc…

    Being Stupid = DUI

  24. djshnooks says: Jun 3, 2014 6:11 PM

    So, Roger Goodell would suspend someone who has never gotten in trouble, for synthetic weed and drag-racing? But he reinstates a drunk man slaughterer?

    Makes sense. Smdh.

  25. robmix8 says: Jun 3, 2014 6:19 PM

    as I gloss over all of the quips & quotes daily her n PFT, I’ve noticed that anything concerning the Cowboys brings out so much more h8, sneers & jeers. Its like Jerry took your money, home, & family. He’s done more for this league than you care to acknowledge What has your owner done???

  26. robmix8 says: Jun 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    to all of you people that live in glass houses with stones in your hands I hope that’s nice non alcoholic beverage in your other hand whenever you decide to have a couple……

  27. s0merand0mguy says: Jun 3, 2014 6:50 PM

    went to jail without a wimper,paid his debt according to the law and now should be free to pursue whatever career he so desires
    —————————

    Paid his debt? He can never pay his debt. He took the life of another human being. Sorry, he was given a long leash and he couldn’t control himself. Enjoy the choker collar and making big macs at McDonalds. Paid his debt? please… Banned for life more like it.

  28. s0merand0mguy says: Jun 3, 2014 6:53 PM

    No jail or criminal sentence is going to repair the pain in his heart! So your saying that once someone gets out of jail, they should never be able to work again?? Makes no sense…
    —————————-

    Sure he can work again, in a hot stinky factory or serving fast food. He certainly does not deserve to be a famous millionaire. Are you kidding? He took the life of another human being… He deserves all but nothing.

  29. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 3, 2014 7:10 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Jun 3, 2014 5:02 PM
    Well for one thing, he’s about 100 lbs too heavy to play DT in the scheme the Cowboys are running now.
    _______________________________
    17 Pounds Heavier than Warren Sapp who was a hall of famer under the same defense.
    25 Lbs heavier than Henry Melton who was a pro bowler in this same defense.

    Please stop making a fool of yourself

  30. Big Blue On You says: Jun 3, 2014 7:11 PM

    He stills has 10 years of Probation. When he completes that, THEN HE HAS PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY. Not until then. Then he has to answer to the Man upstairs.

  31. daveshingle says: Jun 3, 2014 7:29 PM

    They will let him play and you guys know it. They save the serious consequences for getting caught smoking weed.

  32. abninf says: Jun 3, 2014 7:54 PM

    alshonbrandontandem says:

    Only the classless Dallas Cowboys would even consider bringing him back.
    ====================================

    Must be why the Rams kept Leonard Little after he killed a girl driving drunk. And still kept him when he got arrested for another DUI six years later.

  33. jayovalentine says: Jun 3, 2014 8:01 PM

    Jerry Brown’s own mother has forgiven Brent, and God will judge him so why should a bunch of hypocritical PFT trolls opinion matter ?? Some of you guys are pitiful…. and I hate the Cowboys by the way.

  34. mocutter187 says: Jun 3, 2014 8:06 PM

    This guy caused the death of another human being. He told people at the scene no one was in the car while his former teammate began burning and screaming before dying. Yea it’s a mistake…one that cost the life of someone’s son, brother, maybe father. You need to put yourself in the shoes of those who lost this loved one before you disrespect the dead and their family by simply calling this a mistake. Prison is packed full of people who have made mistakes and rightfully so. The Cowboys under the Jones family just can’t seem to make any good decisions these days. It will get worse when Stephen takes over.

  35. 700levelvet says: Jun 3, 2014 8:20 PM

    The … “Most mediocre franchise in sports”..,

  36. raiderapologist says: Jun 3, 2014 8:34 PM

    Kill a teammate, welcome back. Bully a teammate, get blackballed.

  37. seanb20124 says: Jun 3, 2014 8:51 PM

    When rappers commit crimes, their record label never suspends them. Even Mötley Crüe’s lead singer did not get suspended for killing Razzle

  38. abninf says: Jun 3, 2014 8:53 PM

    700levelvet says:

    The … “Most mediocre franchise in sports”..,
    ====================================

    The one with five Lombardi trophies.

  39. officialgame says: Jun 3, 2014 9:06 PM

    These clowns would throw their own grandmother down a flight of stairs if it meant an extra win.

  40. slick50ks says: Jun 3, 2014 9:09 PM

    abninf says:
    Jun 3, 2014 8:53 PM
    700levelvet says:

    The … “Most mediocre franchise in sports”..,
    ====================================

    The one with five Lombardi trophies.

    —————————

    Those mean about as much as the faiders trophies do at this point in time.

    I’m not a fan, but I do feel sorry for Cowboy fans being saddled with the Jones family for what looks to be a long long time.

    It raises the point, you don’t have to be smart to be born rich.

  41. mpalmer96 says: Jun 3, 2014 9:30 PM

    Most of the people who hate on the Cowboys have no basis or reason to hate so much except for their daddy said so… If the Cowboys are not winning all of the time like in the 90’s isn’t that good for the rest of the NFL fans? Just cheer for you Seahawks or Broncos now and be on the lookout for your next fair-weather team in 3 years…

  42. dbatrox21 says: Jun 3, 2014 9:44 PM

    And this, sports fans, is one of the reasons why the Cowboys have become a mediocre football team.

  43. stunzeed5 says: Jun 3, 2014 10:11 PM

    Big Blue On You says:
    Jun 3, 2014 7:11 PM
    He stills has 10 years of Probation. When he completes that, THEN HE HAS PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY. Not until then. Then he has to answer to the Man upstairs.
    ====================================
    Just when I was losing faith with all the mouth-breathers in here defending Brent, this guy comes in and posts something that tells it like it is. Good job to that Giants fan. Why Dallas would entertain this thought is unreal. Who cares about what past teams did, the NFL has a different culture now and this will only cause a circus atmosphere on a team that is a three-ring embarrassment as it is.

    #HTTR

  44. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jun 3, 2014 10:27 PM

    “Most mediocre franchise in sports”.. said the Eagles fan…LMAO.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 3, 2014 10:48 PM

    @myworldurjuslivinit says
    plzzzzz lets all stop using the most abused word in the English dictionary…’MISTAKE’.

    Mistake = locking keys in car, leaving the lights on, dropping a plate, etc…
    Being Stupid = DUI
    _________________________________
    From dictionary:
    “an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong.”

    Yep, Brent displayed poor judgment and poor reasoning which can be impaired by alcohol. The word “mistake” actually works quite well here.

    locking keys in car = stupid.

  46. footballtalk1 says: Jun 3, 2014 11:18 PM

    Does the name Leonard Little ring a bell? Only God can judge.

  47. micker716 says: Jun 3, 2014 11:29 PM

    Bring back the Bounty system.

  48. awareness18 says: Jun 3, 2014 11:29 PM

    If no one gave anyone a second chance in this world, where would everyone be? Including you? Michael Vick intentionally did wrong and paid. This man did wrong and paid his debt to society and was genuinely remorseful.

    Second chances is what makes us love a guy who turns it around. Where would you be without a second chance?

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 4, 2014 2:41 AM

    If the league doesn’t give this guy a substantial suspension at a time they are suspending numerous players for smoking weed but not hurting anyone it will be absolutely disgusting.

  50. markdamack says: Jun 4, 2014 7:31 AM

    Do people know that Jerry brown was Brents best friend. Through high school, room mates in college, all the way up to the pros? That Browns own family has asked the Cowboys not to turn their back on this young man, and to help him. The family of the “victim” here, consider Brent a part of their family and they have for years.

    He who cast’s the first stone…and all that jazz? Remember that.

  51. firerogergoodellnow says: Jun 4, 2014 8:27 AM

    And Stephen’s daddy continues to rule out hiring a GM.

  52. dhar77 says: Jun 4, 2014 9:28 AM

    For everyone who is saying he should be banned for life. You think that everyone who has every had a DUI should be automatically fired from their job and never allowed to work again?

  53. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 6, 2014 1:59 PM

    does anyone think Stephen Jones would be employed if not for daddy?

    same with the poser playing the role of HC?

    and.. same with poser playing the role of GM…

    what a team…. damn popular, though, from what I hear
    :)

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