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December 09, 2012

The Cowboys vow to support Josh Brent

Josh Brent's name wasn't mentioned nearly as much in the Cowboys' locker room as Jerry Brown's was Sunday. But while honoring Brown, the Cowboys vowed to support Brent.

"As far as Josh goes, you know how close we are," Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears said. "We all are hurting and in pain and feeling devastated. At this point, you’ve got to be brothers, through the tough times and get to him and try to encourage him and comfort him, because there are going to be some tough days ahead. That’s no secret. We won’t run away from him, probably like the world did.”

Brent was released from an Irving jail after posting a $500,000 bond. He was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter in the death of Brown, who was a passenger in the car Brent was driving when it crashed early Saturday.

Brent remains on the 53-player roster. He was inactive for Sunday's 20-19 victory over the Bengals.

"We certainly lost the life of Jerry Brown," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "It's just a tragedy that has happened here with Josh as well, and we want to and are going to be supportive of him."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spoke to the players about both Brown and Brent, who were best friends after being roommates and teammates at Illinois as well as in Dallas.

Brent was a big part of the team. He had started five games in place of Jay Ratliff and would have been the starter Sunday. He had 35 tackles, 1.5 sacks, five quarterback pressures and one forced fumble. 

"You can only imagine how he’s feeling right now," Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer said of Brent. "It could have been any of us. It really could have. We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve gone out and had a few drinks and then drove home, whatever the situation was, it really could have been any of us in this locker room that it happened to. It’s hard not to feel for him."

Brent was arrested in February 2009 for DWI and was suspended indefinitely from the Illinois football team during his sophomore season. Brent pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years' probation, 200 hours of community service and a fine of about $2,000.

Jones was asked if the team should have done more to help Brent.

"I certainly have spent a lot of time over the last 24 hours looking back and thinking what might have been said and done, and I know there are many things that might have been said and done, so the answer is yes," Jones said. "But I know that’s the way things happen when you have a tragedy. But the answer is yes."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean 

 

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