ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16: Dallas Cowboys player, Josh Brent attends a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
You can forgive. You can try to forget. But if you’re the Dallas Cowboys, you don’t – under any circumstances – bring back Josh Brent.
His negligence – his arrogance – killed a man. A teammate. A Dallas Cowboy. Sorry, but a year out of football and 180 days in jail doesn’t wipe that slate clean.
Cowboys’ vice president Stephen Jones told reporters recently that “I certainly wouldn’t rule out” Brent’s possible return to the team. No doubt Dallas needs defensive line help, but at what cost? Opening old wounds? Trusting a player who betrayed your trust?
Brent, released from jail Sunday afternoon, might face a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
I’m not saying Brent doesn’t deserve another chance. Just not with the Cowboys. His drunken driving crash in December 2012 killed Jerry Brown and has haunted the franchise long enough.
Sometimes, it’s just best to move on.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.