In case you missed it Sunday, Josh Brent of the Dallas Cowboys was on the sideline at their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, a little more than a week after being charged with intoxication manslaughter for his role in the death of teammate Jerry Brown. We understand the Cowboys have a support system in place to help Brent, but his appearance there sends a horrible message.
Jerry Jones stood behind the Dallas Cowboys‘ decision to have Josh Brent, who faces charges of intoxication manslaughter after a drunk driving accident last week killed former teammate Jerry Brown, on the sideline during Sunday’s 27-24 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Our team and our players wanted him today on the sideline,” Jones said Sunday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Jerry’s mother (Stacey Jackson) asked us directly as a group. She said, ‘Support him. Help him. He needs your help. Jerry wants that. I want that.’ His teammates asked him to come and be down there with them.”
Brent’s presence didn’t sit well with some, including CBS analyst Boomer Esiason, who called it “disgraceful” during the network’s pregame show. “Football players are an example and Josh Brent is the worst of those examples,” Esiason said via the Star-Telegram.
Brown’s mother is grieving, obviously, but clear heads need to prevail in such situations. It’s the prerogative of the Cowboys to have a support system for Brent, fine, but part of that should have public relations in mind. How does this look to victims of drunk drivers and those who’ve lost loved ones to drunk drivers?
Brent served time in jail for a prior drunk driving conviction so clearly he didn’t lean any lessons. But hey, the Cowboys won, so everyone’s happy.
The positive moves, an overtime victory and a share of the NFC East…it was a good Sunday for America’s Team.
It was a good Sunday? Really? So we ask, what if Brent accidentally shot and killed Brown. In light of Friday’s horrific events in Connecticut, would it have been a good Sunday to have the shooter on the sidelines? Would that have been a good Sunday?
We have to think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the same sick feeling in his stomach many of us did when we saw Brent on the sidelines, smiling and yukking it up with his teammates.
This USA Today writer finds nothing wrong with Brent being on the sideline. How would he feel if Brent killed one of his relatives? Who knows, maybe the Cowboys now go on a roll. Then they can use the death of a teammate at the hands of another as inspiration. Who know how far they can go?
Woo-hoo, we won, it’s a good Sunday!