Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been arrested following a fatal one-car accident that took the life of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown, according to various reports.
Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb. Argumaniz says Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once.
Brent could be given 20 years of prison time, if found guilty.
According to Irving police, Brent’s car was traveling at a high rate of speed on a State Highway 114 service road before it hit the outside curb at approximately 2:30 a.m. The car flipped at least one time and skidded an estimated 900 feet before coming to rest in the middle of the service road, police said.
Arriving officers saw Brent trying to drag his teammate from the burning car. Brown, unresponsive, was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The small fire was quickly extinguished.
John Argumaniz says Brown was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital. He was 25.
Brent had minor injuries, mostly scrapes, police said. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to a hospital. He was later booked into the Irving jail on the second-degree felony charge, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Authorities were awaiting results of blood alcohol tests.
Brent remained in the jail late Saturday. Police expected bail to be set Sunday morning.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement, via ESPN Dallas. “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.”
ESNP reports, “I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said in a statement through his agent, Peter Schaffer. “Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, 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.”
Jerry Brown Jr. and Josh Brent were best friends and college teammates who, after experiencing tough times at the University of Illinois, were finally beginning to taste success with the Dallas Cowboys.
Brown, 25, was a linebacker on the Cowboys’ practice squad. Brent, 24, had been slated to start at nose tackle in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brent has played in all 12 games this season and has been a bigger presence on defense with starting nose guard Jay Ratliff battling injuries. He made his first career start the season opener against the New York Giants and has 35 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.
According to the Dallas News, head coach Jason Garrett told the team about the tragedy about 1:15 p.m. Saturday, moments before the Cowboys left for Ohio. Receivers coach Jimmy Robinson described the mood on the flight as “very subdued, pretty quiet.”