Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent released a statement on Saturday night regarding an automobile accident that claimed the life of Dallas linebacker Jerry Brown. Brent, who was allegedly driving the car while intoxicated, was charged with manslaughter on Saturday morning.
Here is Brent's statement, via the Star-Telegram:
I am devastated and filled with grief. Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and team mate, Jerry Brown. I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.
Brent was drafted by the Cowboys in the 2010 supplemental draft after a rocky college career at Illinois. On top of having academic struggles and commitment issues, Brent served 30 days in jail on a DUI charge in 2009. The third-year player had taken over as the Cowboys starter at nose tackle with Jay Ratliff sidelined by injury.
Brown was a teammate of Brent's at Illinois and was initially signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. After a stint in the CHL and AHL, Brown was signed in the offseason by the Indianapolis Colts and was active in Week 6 against the New York Jets. Brown was signed by the Cowboys to the practice squad in October.
Brown was killed when the Mercedes, driven by Brent, hit a curb and then flipped on Highway 114 in Irving, Texas.