OXNARD, Calif. – Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who retired to deal with an intoxication manslaughter charge, visited his former teammates at the team’s training camp complex last weekend.
“It felt good to see a smile on his face,” safety Barry Church said. “We know we’re his safe haven and it feels good to see him.”
Defensive end DeMarcus Ware has said the team doesn’t condone what Brent is being charged with, but there’s a need to support him because he’s a member of the family.
Brent was involved in a car wreck last December in which his best friend, practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, was killed. Brent’s blood alcohol level was 0.18, more than twice the legal limit in Texas.
Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, asked the Cowboys to support Brent, something team owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he would do.
Brent, 23, faced discipline from the NFL for his actions, but retired just days before the Cowboys left for training camp.
If Brent returns to the NFL, the Cowboys still maintain his rights, and he would be subject to discipline from the league.
Brent has a Sept. 23 court date.