One week after being charged with intoxicated manslaughter Josh Brent was caught on the Dallas Cowboys sideline by TV cameras on Sunday as he chatted with teammates during their Pittsburgh Steelers match.
ESPN Dallas reports that Brent, whose blood alcohol tested at .18 after getting into a one car accident that resulted in the death of fellow teammate Jerry Brown, was released on $500,000 bail on Thursday. Since being released Brent has been suspended with benefits and placed on the reserve/non-injured list. On Sunday it appears he was welcomed back by the Cowboys with open arms.
Despite everything, including what some might call better judgement, sports teams are like families and the family that is the Dallas Cowboys appears to besupporting Brent. Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett had this to say during his Thursday press conference:
“I don’t want to get into specifics of that situation. There’s going to be a lot of details to come out about what exactly happened and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to stand up here and address all of the different things. Again, we’ll continue to support Josh — Josh is a member of our family — in every way that we can and at the same time try to help other people who are in a similar kind of situation.”
It looks like these were not just words for the media to take attention off of the situation. Lawrence Vickers, the Cowboys full back, was quoted in USA Today as telling Brent:
“I had to tell him that in a situation like this, you’ve got to keep your head up, and your brothers are going to make sure we’ll be here for you. So definitely keep your mind positive in everything that you’re doing. And your boys … we ain’t going nowhere. Ain’t nothing changed. Ain’t nothing changed.”
It can’t be easy for Brent to stand on the sidelines with his teammates after accidentally killing one of their own, but it also must be comforting for him to know that regardless of how bad things appear he has a support system he can trust in times of need.
For more on the original story check out this article from The Inquisitr posted earlier this week.
Do you think Josh Brent should have been allowed to be on the sideline this Sunday with his teammates?