The NFL and the Police Blotter Merged So Slowly, I Hardly Even Noticed...

“Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Arrested for Manslaughter,” TMZ reports. It’s this week’s NFL-related death, that’s also currently atop the Drudge Report:


Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, died early this morning in a single- car accident — and his teammate, Josh Brent, was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter.

According to police, Brent (see above) was driving at a high rate of speed at around 2:20 AM when his car “hit the outside curb,” flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road.

When cops came to the scene, Brent was dragging Brown away from the vehicle … which had come to rest upside down and was on fire. Brown was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Officers at the scene suspected alcohol to be a factor, so they gave Brent was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. His blood was later drawn at the hospital to determine his blood alcohol level. Those results are not yet known.


The Dallas-area CBS affiliate adds that Brent “was previously arrested in 2009 for driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license while at the University of Illinois.”

Tune into NBC’s Sunday Night Football tomorrow to see if Bob Costas will blame the car or liquor culture for this incident.

Update: “Hey Costas. How long before you claim that Jerry Brown would still be with us if it weren’t for the 21st Amendment?”

Don’t give him any ideas — he’s already responsible for one form of prohibition.


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