Cowboys DT Josh Brent Arrested After Accident Kills LB Jerry Brown
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in an auto accident early Saturday morning, resulting in the arrest of his teammate, defensive tackle Josh Brent.
Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter, according to the Irving Police Department (via NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport on Twitter):
Irving PD confirms that Cowboys DT Josh Brent -- known as Joshua Price-Brent -- is being procesed on intoxication manslaughter charge— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2012
UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 10:49 a.m. ET
The Cowboys reportedly have placed Josh Brent on non-football injury list, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins.
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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. ET
Josh Brent was released from jail on $500,000 bond yesterday and also spoke on Jerry Brown's passing, according to Philly.com's staff:
About an hour after the grieving Cowboys secured an emotional, 20-19 victory over the Bengals on the final play, a barefooted Brent walked slowly out of the jail in the Dallas suburb of Irving after his release on $500,000 bond. Surrounded by camera crews and reporters, Brent had several patches of missing hair and a bandage wrapped about his right hand.
'Jerry Brown was my very best friend, and I'm just trying to deal with his death right now,' Brent, 24, said, stopping briefly when asked whether he had anything to say to Brown's family. He didn't answer any other questions.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:16 p.m. ET
Jerry Brown's family has released a statement, per Dallas Morning News' Scott Bell.
The family of Jerry Brown Jr. have released the following statement, as confirmed by Cowboys writer Brandon George through Brown’s agent, Chad Wiestling:
'The family of Jerry Brown Jr. wish to express our sincere appreciation for all of your prayers, phone calls, flowers, visits and other acts of kindness shown during the death of our son. We would also like to send our prayers out to Josh Brent and his family as well.
With kindness and love, The Family of Jerry Brown Jr.'
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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11:26 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
USA Today's John Saraceno and Mike Garafolo supplied a statement from Brent:
"I am devastated and filled with grief. Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time."
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Richie Whitt of 105.3 The Fan confirmed via Twitter that the player killed was Brown, a member of the Cowboys' practice squad:
#Cowboys' players were told just now that practice squad LB Jerry Brown was killed last night in accident involving Josh Brent.— Richie Whitt (@richiewhitt) December 8, 2012
The Irving Police Department released a report on the accident, courtesy of Dallas News reporter Matthew Haag on Twitter:
Irving Police just released news release on Dallas Cowboys player killed this morning twitter.com/matthewhaag/st…— Matthew Haag (@matthewhaag) December 8, 2012
The accident occurred when the car Brent was driving struck a curb and took a roll, according to the news release.
ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Todd Archer reported more details about the accident.
According to Irving police, Brent's car was traveling at a high rate of speed on a State Highway 114 service road before he hit the outside curb. The car flipped at least one time before coming to a rest in the middle of the service road.
When police arrived Brent was responsive and spoke to police officers. Brown was unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brent, a three-year veteran, was booked in the Irving city jail at 4:14 a.m. Saturday morning.
According to MacMahon, Brent attempted to pull Brown out of the car while it was still on fire:
Irving police: Josh Brent was trying to drag Illinois/Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown from burning car when they arrived at scene.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 8, 2012
Here's a look at Brent's mugshot, courtesy of Rapoport via Twitter:
Managing editor of Pro Football Talk Michael David Smith reports that Brent also received a DUI back in college:
Report that Cowboys' Josh Brent accused of driving drunk and killing someone. He also got a DUI in college.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 8, 2012
Both Brent and Brown played football together at Illinois. This tweet from Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman asked for those close to the program to keep Brown in their thoughts and prayers:
Sad news for the Illini #Family today. Jerry Brown, former Illini and current NFL player has passed away. Keep him in your prayers.— Tim Beckman (@coachbeckman) December 8, 2012
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement about the incident on Saturday afternoon:
We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all those who knew him and loved him.
Brent, 24, has played for the Cowboys since 2010 and has 22 combined tackles, one-and-a-half sacks and one forced fumble this season for Dallas. He played at Illinois from 2007 to 2009 and was taken in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL supplemental draft by Dallas.
Brown, 25, was a native of St. Louis who played for two Arena Football League teams and briefly in the Canadian Football League before making his way onto the Indianapolis Colts' roster earlier this year. Brown played one game for Indy back in Week 6 before finding his way onto Dallas' practice roster.
According to Rapoport via Twitter, a post on Brown's Facebook page revealed that he was about to become a father:
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