Sources: Brent now barred from sidelines
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Coop and Nate discuss Josh Brent being on the Cowboys sideline and the full story on why he was there.
The Cowboys and officials in the NFL’s offices were unaware that Brent, who is on the reserve/non-football injury list as a result of being charged with intoxication manslaughter two weeks ago in the crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, would be on the sideline Sunday. Both the team and the league are in complete agreement that it was not appropriate, sources said.
Meanwhile, a judge ordered Brent to wear an electronic monitor and also modified conditions for his continued release and lowered bond from $500,000 to $100,000 during his Tuesday court appearance.
Several of Brent’s teammates urged him to attend Sunday’s game against the Steelers, and coach Jason Garrett, who spoke to Brent the day before the game, didn’t even know about it until pregame warm-ups.
The game had already begun when Garrett realized Brent was on the sideline, and owner Jerry Jones didn’t know until he saw Brent on television.
Garrett said Monday that Cowboys players were following the wishes of Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson.
According to sources, Brent went to the game somewhat reluctantly. He was driven by a teammate on injured reserve who told Brent that all of his teammates wanted him to be there. Once Brent became aware that his presence was sparking a national debate, he left Cowboys Stadium in the third quarter.
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Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player, was killed in a one-car accident involving Brent the day before Dallas’ Dec. 9 game against the Bengals.
At the memorial service for her son, Jackson told the players to care for Brent and keep him involved with the team as much as they could. The organization has expressed support for Brent since the accident, while making it known that it does not condone drinking and driving.
“It becomes a real sensitive topic to a lot of people when you’re in a public place like the game,” Garrett said Monday. “There were no bad intentions other than to support Josh as part of our football team. This is a game and you need to be here. That’s what our players wanted to convey to him and they really encouraged him to come to the game. I thought Josh handled it beautifully the way that he came and then when he felt like there were some issues he felt the right thing to do was to leave. But we’re going to support him in every way that we can. We also will be sensitive to this kind of issue.”
Information from ESPNDallas.com’s Todd Archer, Calvin Watkins and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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