NFL Notebook: Cowboys' Brent attends fallen teammate's memorial
By Wire Reports
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:28 p.m.
DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to Jerry Brown at a private memorial Tuesday that included Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his teammate.
Quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones and other players, executives and staff members arrived at the service on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas.
Brent arrived earlier than most in a van with several other people and could be seen hugging Brown's mother before walking into the building.
Brent was one of the last to leave, too. He grew close to Brown during three seasons together at the University of Illinois and took in Brown when the Cowboys added the 25-year-old to the roster in October.
Players and team officials left without talking to reporters after the hour-long service, but Garrett had made it clear that Brent was still a part of the Cowboys family.
“We're going to support Josh 100 percent in every way that we can,” Garrett said Monday. “We want to make him feel that there are people around him who can help him get through this thing day by day.”
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had “no issues” with Brent being at team facilities while the manslaughter case against him works its way through the courts.
The Steelers visit Dallas on Sunday in another game with playoff implications for both teams.
Police in suburban Irving say Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped early Saturday, hours before Brent was supposed to be on the team flight to Cincinnati.
Brown was taken to a Dallas hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Dallas County medical examiner said he died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head and neck.
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