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The league was still reeling from the tragic events surrounding Jovan Belcher and Kassandra Perkins last week when another tragedy struck.
Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown was killed when his roommate Josh Brent flipped his vehicle while allegedly intoxicated.
Drunk driving has been a scourge that has been particularly difficult to eliminate for the NFL. The league, union and individual teams take steps to encourage players to avoid that situation. Unfortunately, there are not enough options teams can give players to eliminate the issue.
If this were a behavioral problem, drunk driving would be rare. Players should know more than to risk their lucrative livelihoods doing something stupid. This is an issue of pride and bravado with stupidity and alcohol mixed in.
Until the culture changes in the NFL, the bad behavior will persist. How that might happen is anybody's guess; machismo is a part of football, after all.
We mourn the loss of Jerry Brown, but what will the NFL do to prevent this from happening again?