Facing intoxication manslaughter charges stemming from the single car accident that claimed the life of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown last December, former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent decided to retire last month. Last weekend, Brent was back with his old team in Oxnard, CA, but this time, it was just to visit.
It’s worth remembering that Brown was Brent’s best friend and, as such, Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, asked the Cowboys to act as a support system for Brent shortly after the incident. And while--as defensive end DeMarcus Ware noted this week--the team isn’t implicitly advocating what Brent is charged with, they’ve honored Jackson’s wish.
“It felt good to see a smile on his face,” said safety Barry Church, per ESPN Dallas. “We know we’re his safe haven and it feels good to see him.”
As ESPN’s Calvin Watkins notes, if Brent does return to the NFL, the Cowboys would still have rights to him, but he could still face a suspension, or some other sort of discipline from the league.
Brent’s court date is set for September 23.
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