When I saw Joshua Brent on the Dallas Cowboys sidelines for Sunday’s game I was immediately disturbed, annoyed and outraged. I couldn’t believe after his tragic drunk-driving accident which took the life of his friend and Dallas Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown that he would have the privilege of enjoying a football game on the sidelines.
The initial rationalization was that Brown’s mother had forgiven Brent and encouraged the team to support Brent. Head coach Jason Garrett said the intention was to show that support:
“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.”
While this may be true, I still think it was inappropriate to have him there. I think the message of support wasn’t conveyed and he looked like another athlete who won’t have to take responsibility for his actions. The issue here is timing.
The Dallas Cowboys have every right to support Brent and to encourage him in his time of need, but I think they would be better off supporting him from his home. His presence is not only a slap in the face of the victim’s family but to all those who suffered at the hands of drunk driver’s.
It would behoove Jerry Jones to make better decisions concerning the players and the team. Josh Brent probably needs to be at home with some time to contemplate the next phase of his life.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,