Josh Brent had a prior DUI arrest in college

The arrest for intoxication manslaughter was not the first time Josh Brent has been charged with drinking and driving.

The Cowboys nose tackle, who was arrested Saturday morning after a one-car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown also had a drunken driving arrest in Illinois when he was in college.

In June 2009, he was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail as part of a plea deal from a March 2009 DUI arrest in Champaign County, Illinois.

According to Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz (via, Brent was speeding when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once. The accident happened around 2:20 a.m.

The spokesman said Brown was unresponsive at the scene, and pronounced dead at the hospital. Brent was then booked at 4:14 a.m.

That it was Brent’s second arrest on drunk driving charges is the sickening part of an avoidable tragedy.

28 responses to “Josh Brent had a prior DUI arrest in college

  1. Cowboys release him….

    Eagles or Lions sign him…

    He’d fit right in with either team

  2. Let’s see. Who is the de facto “General Manager” in Jerryland? Another great personnel decision. Ranks right up there with Tank, Pacman, etc.

  3. At least the University of Illinois was smart enough to give him an unconditional release from their team.

  4. This is a horrible tragedy. Thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry Brown’s family. That being said, this team is out of control and will probably be the final straw that ends Garrett’s tenure in Dallas.

    You have players getting drunk on a Friday night, hung over Saturday and are expected to be in top condition by Sunday afternoon. Screams no discipline.

  5. Why not just ride a Taxi or Limo if intoxicated? He has the money. Or just hire a personal driver!! Damn it!

  6. It’s his 2nd offense. This guy is behind bars till he’s 40. He’ll get off light for what he did.

  7. While this incident is very tragic, lets remember both Josh Brent and Jerry Brown were in the wrong here!! Both got in a vehicle while they had been drinking. One man is dead, the others life is is in shambles. Do people really need to pile it on!!?

  8. RIP to Brown. Both men were probably intoxicated, if that is the case Brown is no less to blame than Brent. Don’t get into a car with a drunk person and don’t let your friend drive drunk either. This is just not an NFL problem, drinking and driving is a society wide problem.

  9. Josh Brent was still so drunk at 10am Sat. that he couldn’t be brought before a Judge for a hearing. This guy is just astoundingly stupid and irresponsible to have put himself and Jerry Brown in the situation he did. RIP Jerry Brown.

  10. Not really a time to talk football, rip other teams or your owner/GM. A human being is dead as a result of a bad decision and terrible accident. There are a lot of appropriate times to complain about your team or make fun of a rival team, but this really is not one of those times.

  11. I dont know why my posts always get deleted, but I posted this earlier, and I tried to be respectful as I could. But my main point was, this was absolutely a tragedy. For both families. While tradgec, I simply tried to make a point, that both Brent & Brown both made poor decisions. One made the decision to drive, while the other made an equally bad decision, to get in the car with an intoxicated driver. It doesnt make this any less sad, but at some point people should start realizing the decisions they make can be deadly.

  12. 60 days on the prior DUI sounds more like that was already a second one. That much jail on a first time DUI is very rare unless there were aggravating circumstances – like bodily injury. Would not be shocked to learn this may be more than the second.

    Also based on what prosecutors are doing in several states when repeat drunk drivers are involved in fatal accidents he may well face more than manslaughter charges.

  13. I have no love lost for drunk drivers. Whatever the justice system decides to do to him I support. Unless it is community service. He needs some time behind bars.

  14. This is the disease of addiction. People are unwilling to accept a person can still be held accountable for their behaviors in relation to the disease, but that it is still a disease all the same. They want to keep it separate, and then slap it together when it suits their reactive positions. Due to people denying it, often because of the pain, sadness, and disappointment from it occurring with extended family/friends/immediate family growing up, they keep going round and round and round arguing about it, and getting nowhere. It is time for people to face that education is necessary, and that there will still be people that make unhealthy and dangerous choices while intoxicated. It is time for people to face that consequences are necessary, but shutting down and not talking about the impact of alcoholism/drug addiction on their lives is useless. It is useless without accepting and applying, one day at a time a 12 Step philosophy even if the person doesn’t have the disease, but is impacted by others that do. This player had a charge in college for DUI, and often people that have the disease consistently get behind the wheel and drive intoxicated. But those that keep getting shocked and reactive create their own struggle because they’re not understanding that a person with the disease literally thinks and processes their emotions differently than a person without the disease. It’s a reality that people don’t want to face because they don’t want to accept it’s something about that person they are completely powerless to change, all they can do is change themselves, especially in how they interact with the addict/alcoholic so they’re not enabling the person.

  15. It’s hard to face that reality as you call it when the “disease” is the only one that is 100% preventable by never taking a sip of alcohol. It runs in families, so I would call it a genetic predisposition, but not a disease. If one has it in one’s family, one knows this most likely and at that point has the opportunity to choose not to drink. No other “disease” 100% affords people this choice. Unfortunately, laws protect addicts as victims, especially employment laws. That’s the real shame. Shielding people from responsibility not only doesn’t help them, but also it can and does affect innocent people. I’m in favor of protecting law abiding, responsible people, not people who choose to drink to excess.

  16. I never bought into the crap that alcoholism is a disease. Can alcohol be addictive? Of course, but it is not a disease. When someone can be cured of cancer by going to a 12 step program then and only then will I consider changing my opinion.

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