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December 08, 2012

Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent in jail for intoxication manslaughter, not on team plane to Cincinnati

By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

_ According to three sources, Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Price Brent was the driver in a fatal hit and run accident last night that killed teammate Jerry Brown, a member of the Cowboys' practice squad.

Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter at 4:00 am and is currently in the Irving jail. Brent and Brown were college teammates at Illinois.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones referenced Brown's death, but not Brent's involvement, in a statement issued this afternoon when Jones said team officials were "deeply saddened" by the player's death.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown," Jones said in a statement distributed by the team.  "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."

A spokesman for the Irving police department confirmed that a fatal accident occurred at the 1400 block of John Carpenter Freeway at 2:30 a.m. early Saturday morning.

They declined further comment until the family of the deceased was notified.

Brent's agent Peter Schaefer declined comment as did Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones.

Per a source, Brent was returning from partying at Club Privae in Dallas and was traveling at a high rate of speed before losing control of his vehicle. When police arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive, the deceased was not. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and also drew blood before taking him to jail.

The Cowboys made a roster Saturday morning before departing for Sunday's game against the Bengals, signing defensive tackle Robert Callaway from the practice squad and putting cornerback Orlando Scandrick on injured reserve.

This is second tragic incident in the last week for the NFL, following last Sunday's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girl friend Kassandra Perkins.

It's also the second time in the last decade that an active Cowboys player was involved in a traffic fatility.

Cornerback Dwayne Goodrich was involved in a hit and run accident that killed two people in 2003. He was convicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide and served eight years in prison before being released in 2011.


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