Cowboys’ Josh Brent charged with manslaughter after crash kills teammate

According to NFL.com, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested after crashing his car early Saturday morning after a night of drinking.

Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection to the death of teammate Jerry Brown Jr, who was a part of the Cowboys’ practice squad.

Irving police confirmed Brent is being processed on the charge, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said Brent is being held without bond.

According to a report released by Irving police, Brent was behind the wheel of a car at 2:21 a.m. when it hit a curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least once before coming to rest in the middle of a service road. When officers arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive and able to speak. Brown, 25, was unresponsive and transferred to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officers suspected alcohol played a role in the accident and had Brent perform field sobriety tests. Brent was eventually taken into custody. The charges were altered from driving while intoxicated to intoxicated manslaughter when police learned Brown died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Brent pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2009 after he was arrested for speeding while driving under the influence with a suspended license, according to Champaign County, Ill., court records obtained by The Associated Press.

The Cowboys confirmed Brown’s death as the team prepared for Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Team owner Jerry Jones released a statement of condolence:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” the statement read. “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.”

The NFL released the following statement:

“We have been in contact with the Cowboys and have deployed staff members and our independent professional counselors to assist the team in dealing with this tragedy. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jerry Brown and extend our condolences to his family, friends, and the Cowboys organization.”

Brent and Brown were college teammates at Illinois and were living together, a team source told Rapoport.

Our prayers are with the families as well as the Cowboys.