Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown died in a car crash early this morning in Irving, Texas. The car was driven by Dallas nose tackle Josh Brent, who has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in Brown’s death.
According to a report released by Irving police, Brent was behind the wheel of a car at 2:21 a.m. when it hit a curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least once before coming to rest in the middle of a service road. When officers arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive and able to speak. Brown, 25, was unresponsive and transferred to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
It turns out that this is not Brent’s first run in with law with regard to driving under the influence. The University of Illinois product and native of Bloomington, Illinois was sentenced in June 2009 to two years probation and 60 days in jail as part of a plea deal from a DUI arrest in Champaign County, Illinois.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”
Brown, a St. Louis native, was signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad earlier this season. He was also Brent’s college teammate at Illinois.
As we have previously noted at GiR, the problem of DUI is one that has blown up in the NFL’s face this season. This is at least the fifteenth incident involving active NFL players, and is the first this season to result in a fatality. Whatever the NFL thinks it is doing about the problem of DUI and its players, it isn’t working.