Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones very astutely told 105.3-FM The Fan this week that nose tackle Josh Brent, who has been absent from the first week of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, has more pressing matters to worry about than football.
Brent is awaiting a September 23 court date where he’ll face intoxication manslaughter charges, stemming from the single-car accident that killed his friend and teammate Jerry Brown, Jr. back in December. But since Brent has yet to be suspended by the team or the league and is free on $100,000 bond, many wondered for a brief moment if he would attend the team workouts at Valley Ranch. Obviously, he did not.
As for his future with the Cowboys, Jones suggested that there are way too many factors in play to make any substantial remark about the young nose tackle--and that, indeed, the team isn’t all that worried about football where Brent’s immediate future is concerned.
“There’s a lot of moving parts to that at the end of the day,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “There’s the legal [side]. Some issues have to play out. Obviously, the NFL is going to have a big say in this. So there’s a lot of things that have to take place.
“But at the end of the day, that’s the least of our worries. Josh obviously was involved in something that was very difficult and I think his focus right now is – as it should be, a lot more important than football – which is making sure his life’s in order and addressing the challenges that he’s going to have in front of him over the coming months slash years.”
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