The Bob Costas halftime lecture on car control should be interesting Sunday night. To be consistent he should also call for alcohol control and a curfew for players. Sadly enough, this can be blamed on downright stupidity, so perhaps we should place restrictions on stupid people.
Jerry Brown Jr., a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, was killed in an early morning car crash in Irving. His teammate, nose tackle Josh Brent, was driving the car and has been arrested on an intoxicated manslaughter charge, police said.
According to police, Brent, 24, was driving west in the 1400 block of the East State Highway 114 service road at a high rate of speed around 2:21 a.m. Saturday. His 2007 Mercedes “hit the outside curb,” flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road, police said.
“Our investigators are certain that they were traveling well above the posted speed limit, and they base that on the physical evidence that is out on the scene — gouge marks, skid marks, where the vehicle initially impacted the curb and to where the vehicle came to rest,” said Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz.
The posted speed limit was 45 mph, he said. Police said the vehicle traveled about 900 feet after hitting the curb.
When officers arrived, they saw Brent attempting to drag his teammate from the car, which was on fire. Brown, also 24, was unresponsive and rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The fire, which police said was small, was quickly extinguished.
Brent had minor injuries, mostly scrapes, police said. He was given a sobriety test and failed, according to police. He was taken to a hospital, where his blood was drawn. He was then taken to the Irving City Jail and booked on the second-degree felony charge, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Authorities said they are still awaiting the results of Brent’s blood alcohol tests.
It never ceases to amaze how reckless athletes and celebrities can be. At the snap of a finger you can have a driver take you anywhere you want to go, yet they’re so arrogant to think they’re immune to the laws that govern the rest of us. Compounding the idiocy is the fact the NFL has a program in place whereby any player can call for a ride at any time under any circumstances and will be provided safe passage home, no questions asked, with nothing reported. We’ve all known for decades now drunken driving is a menace, yet so many who enjoy such a privileged lifestyle simply throw it away. One man is dead and another is likely facing a lengthy prison term if found guilty. Yet you can be assured, unlike the Jovan Belcher incident, craven opportunists won’t be rushing to the microphones or keyboards eager to politicize it.