Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Tased, Arrested by Coppell Police

The former Cowboys defensive lineman was charged with intoxication manslaughter in 2012

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was arrested Sunday for alleged public intoxication and resisting arrest at a Wendy's parking lot in Coppell, Texas, police said.

Brent, who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the 2012 death of former Cowboys player Jerry Brown, is facing charges of assault against a public servant and resisting arrest.

Coppell police said officers were called Sunday to perform a welfare check on a man, later identified as Brent, outside a Wendy's restaurant in the 800 block of MacArthur Boulevard. Police said a caller told them he saw a man sitting in the grass and talking to himself, and that he was worried for the man's safety.

Brent appeared to be intoxicated when officers arrived, police said. When officers told Brent he would be arrested for public intoxication, he became uncooperative, according to Coppell police.

Officers initially tried to verbally deescalate the situation, but Brent ignored their commands, police said. Eventually an officer tased Brent, after which he was arrested.

Police said Brent later admitted he was intoxicated. He was taken to the Carrollton Jail for booking, police said.

Later Sunday, Brent was additionally charged with assault against a public servant and resisting arrest.

In 2014, Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter after a 2012 crash that killed his Cowboys teammate and close friend Jerry Brown.

A Dallas jury in December returned a $25 million verdict against Brent and the owner of the now-defunct nightclub he and Brown left before the crash.

Brent was sentenced to 10 years probation and 180 days in jail for the crash. He played parts of four seasons in the NFL, all for the Cowboys.

It's not clear if Brent has an attorney to speak on his behalf. He has worked for the Cowboys since retiring as a player four years ago.

The Dallas Cowboys did not comment on the incident.

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