Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is suspended for the first 10 games of the season for driving drunk and causing the crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown in 2012. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is surprised Brent was given that harsh a punishment.
Asked on his radio show on KRLD-FM about Brent’s suspension, Jones said, “certainly 10 games was a lot more than I thought that it would be.”
Some would say there’s no suspension that’s long enough for an offense as severe as killing another person while driving drunk. However, Brown’s own mother has forgiven Brent, and Brent has already missed 20 games — the last four games of the 2012 season and all of 2013 — because of the crash. Brent has already missed more time for this crash than Donte Stallworth missed when he was suspended a year for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in 2009, and more time than Leonard Little missed when he was suspended eight games for killing another driver while driving drunk in 1999.
As for Jones, he’s eager to get Brent back on the field, and glad that Brent will be able to practice before he’s eligible to play.
“Well a critical part of the terms of his reinstatement was that he was going to get to have some time in pads with the team earlier than that 10 games mentioned,” Jones said. “That’s a big deal. In this particular case, because of the time of year, we were concerned we were going to [have a problem] because we hadn’t seen him with pads on at about 18 months. First of all, Rod Marinelli hadn’t seen him, so that was going to be problematic. Now we’ll get to see him and get to be involved in watching him get in playing shape. He’s working hard.”
Eventually, Brent will be back on the field, helping Jones’s team win. Jones wishes he didn’t have to wait so long.