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Dallas Cowboys Player

Dies in Car Wreck

Teammate Arrested

12/8/2012 11:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, died early this morning in a single-car accident -- and his teammate, Josh Brent, was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter.

According to police, Brent (see above) was driving at a high rate of speed at around 2:20 AM when his car "hit the outside curb," flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road.

When cops came to the scene, Brent was dragging Brown away from the vehicle ... which had come to rest upside down and was on fire. Brown was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Officers at the scene suspected alcohol to be a factor, so they gave Brent a field sobriety test, which he failed. His blood was later drawn at the hospital to determine his blood alcohol level. Those results are not yet known.

Brent was arrested by Irving PD and booked on a second degree felony charge at 4:14 AM and is being held without bail. 

Brent pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge while in college ... where he and Brown were teammates.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement today, saying, "We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. 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 incident comes just one week after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself.

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121.

Jason Burnstein    

Preventable and Tragic ! Another reason not to use sports figures as role models for the youth of America.

627 days ago
122.

Max    

Bob Costas can now rant on air about the need to ban alcohol.

627 days ago
123.

Truth    

His second time being caught for DUI. Most drunk drivers have driven drunk 87 times before their first arrest.

627 days ago
124.

jon    

I know the Right to own a car shall not be Inringed, but this car culture just has to stop. Over 35,000 men women and children were killed in cars last year. and its not Just large assault cars, most people die in small car's. we need to talk about car control.

627 days ago
125.

aware    

And what athlete has been held accoutalbe for cimrinal activities after the age of 14, let alone by any college or college police group? Name ten of thousands. As others have indicated, he will be on the field tomorrow. If he used a gun, Bob Costas would be ranting every moment possible.

627 days ago
126.

zeak    

where is costas when we need him. i think its time to make cars illegal i meane come on its that dsamn cars fault if there were no cars he wouldnt haved been able to kill his buddy

627 days ago
127.

wolfhart.pannenberg    

Where is Bob COstas to call for limits on alcohol consumption?

627 days ago
128.

Capricorn    

Wtf, when are people going to learn about alcohol/drugs and driving.

627 days ago
129.

yerf    

first we needed to ban guns, guess now we need to ban alcohol, maybe cars too.

627 days ago
130.

Bill Y    

Responding to this latest NFL tragedy, Bob Costas calls for an immediate ban on assault vehicles.

627 days ago
131.

Dave    

Bob Costas?...hello?...any comment from you on this one?

627 days ago
132.

Centurian    

practice squad members don't make millions of dollars. stiill, he makes enough for a cab.

627 days ago
133.

liswat    

America's team. Bull****. Goes to show you don't need to be smart to play football. The team is full of misfits.

627 days ago
134.

Big Bear    

Bob Costas: Hurry up and comment on how we need to ban cars and alchol.

627 days ago
135.

Mrs Luciano    

This is a very tragic story. My prayers go out to both families. Driving while under the influence not only took the life of Brown but also Brent.

627 days ago
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