Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talks about how the team is dealing with losing a teammate in a fatal crash and having another teammate charged in connection with his death. More at NFL.com and DallasCowboys.com.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett spoke to the media Monday afternoon and addressed the death of linebacker 25-year-old Jerry Brown Jr.
Brown died in a rollover crash early Saturday morning. Friend and teammate, 24-year-old Josh Brent, who was driving at the time of the crash, was arrested after the crash and charged with intoxication manslaughter.
"As you can imagine it's a very difficult situation for all of us. We lost a teammate. We lost a friend," Garrett said. "We have to take it day by day. This is about as difficult as it gets. We have to get through this together."
Garrett said that Brent and Brown were best friends since college and that the team supports Brent 100 percent, any way they can. Regarding Brent, Garrett said the death of his best friend has been a really, really difficult thing for Brent to handle.
"He wasn't worried about the jail thing ... He's having a very difficult time understanding what has happened, comprehending it," said Brent's attorney, George Milner, after his client posted a $500,000 bond Sunday.
"I am devastated and filled with grief, filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate Jerry Brown," Brent said from jail in a statement through his agent late Saturday night. "I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life."
The NFL and officials with the office of player development met with the team Saturday, just hours after they learned of Brown's death and Brent's arrest, to help them deal with grief, Garrett said.
The team, along with Brown's family, plans to hold a memorial service for Brown on Tuesday.
Brent, who was arrested in 2009 for driving under the influence, bonded out of jail on Sunday.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing. The bar the players were apparently at before the crash, Prïvae Dallas, released a statement Monday saying they were saddened by the events of the weekend and that they were cooperating with the TABC and Irving police investigation.