NFL notebook: Ex-Cowboy Brent gets 6 months in jail for DUI death
Former Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.
Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent's car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Brent, who turns 26 next week, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury's verdict. He remained in custody after the hearing.
One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described the former defensive tackle as “somber.”
“I'm really kind of overwhelmed with the results,” Brooks said. “It's kind of what we've been fighting for from Day 1. I'm happy for Josh. Josh is still sad and grieving, and that's something he's going to carry with him the rest of his life.”
Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn't in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She publicly forgave Brent, and when asked during the sentencing proceedings if she holds him responsible for her son's death, she said: “He's still responsible, but you can't go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes.”
Sherman fined $7.8K
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC championship game against San Francisco.
Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and clinched Seattle's 23-17 victory.
Ailing Prater stays away
Broncos kicker Matt Prater stayed home sick again Friday, missing his second straight practice.
Coach John Fox said Prater's absence was a combination of being too ill to work out and a precaution against getting teammates sick as they prepare for the Super Bowl against Seattle on Feb. 2.
Prater converted 25 of 26 field goals in the regular season, including a record 64-yarder against Tennessee on Dec. 8 in Denver. He's 5 for 5 in the playoffs.
Sharper sex report aired
An attorney for former NFL star Darren Sharper said there is no evidence to support an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in New Orleans last September.
Nandi Campbell said her investigation shows the woman in the complaint followed Sharper willingly throughout the evening. And Campbell stressed that the ex-Saints safety has not been charged in the New Orleans complaint.
Asked for information on the Sharper investigation, New Orleans police Friday released a brief report.
It said the unidentified woman said she was assaulted by a man who took her to his apartment the night of Sept. 23 after she consumed a large amount of alcohol. The report does not name Sharper, but Campbell confirmed he is the man in the report.
Around the league
Redskins tight end Fred Davis faces another suspension for a failed marijuana test, CBSSports.com reported. … Giants offensive lineman David Diehl retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl titles. ... The Chargers hired former NFL player Pete Metzelaars as tight ends coach.