What Was Josh Brent Doing on the Cowboy Sideline Sunday?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

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!

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4 Responses to “What Was Josh Brent Doing on the Cowboy Sideline Sunday?”

  1. Tom Servo on 17/17/12 at 11:29 am

    You be’s da rascist for thinking Brent can’t yuck it up with his homeboys. They all know they’ve been there, done that, or might do it next weekend.

    You probably be just as rascist as RGIII.

  2. obsidian on 17/17/12 at 1:25 pm

    Hey it ain’t like he used a gun to kill is it?
    And besides which he only killed one grown up black man while drunk, high and driving a one ton auto on a highway full of men, women and CHILDREN!

  3. I-RIGHT-I on 18/18/12 at 6:41 am

    We don’t expect any more from the NFL leadership than we do the players. I haven’t watched an entire football game in decades, I don’t buy their promotional shit and I don’t know the name of the f’ing quarterback on my home team. Why? Because I’m not going to be part of this national disgrace. The owners are ideological miscreants the players are moronic vicious thugs, drunks and dope fiends and the majority of the fans don’t break 100 on the IQ meter. What’s not there to hate?

  4. piston honda on 18/18/12 at 3:06 pm

    I was at that game in one of the endzones and didn’t notice him. I heard it on ESPN, Cowboy brass just came out and said they didn’t know he was going to be there and that he is no longer welcome there.