In what I consider the most responsible decision he’s made in recent months, troubled Dallas Cowboys defensive player Josh Brent announced his retirement today.

“This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to,” Brent said in a statement.


“I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”

Brent was indicted on manslaughter charges after the car he was driving flipped, killing fellow teammate Jerry Brown. His blood-alcohol level was well over the legal limit and while he was on bond, he remained on the team roster. 

In the meantime Brent continued to battle substance abuse issues testing positive for marijuana, which is a violation of parole. He was jailed, then released from jail July 7 but ordered to wear a drug detection patch and was prohibited from driving. His retirement relieves the NFL of having to suspend him:

“With his retirement, there is no action for us to take at this point,” said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.

I truly hope Brent is able to get his life together. His past decisions have not been in his best interest and I think stepping away from football is a good first step to a better future.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis