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Jerry Brown's mom wants Brent at memorial

12:23 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
The jersey of Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown drapes on the Cowboys defensive bench during the second half during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl-USA Today Sports)
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IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM Tuesday morning that Jerry Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, has asked Josh Brent to ride with her to the memorial service for her son.

On Monday, two days after he wrecked his car, killing his teammate and friend Jerry Brown, and one day after being released on $500,000 bond after being charged with intoxication manslaughter, the nose tackle was welcomed into the Cowboys' Valley Ranch headquarters, where he worked with the medical staff, spoke with a few players and met with coach Jason Garrett.

For the moment, Josh Brent is still part of the Dallas Cowboys.

According to several reports, Jerry Jones sent his plane to transport the Brown family to Dallas for Tuesday's memorial service, and Jackson said she wants Brent to meet the family at the airport, ride with her to the service, and sit with the family at the service.

"I was upset, but I realized that our youth today are young and stupid, and we were all once that age, and we've all done things we're not proud of," Jackson said on Monday's Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN. "I realized that everyone thinks they're invincible, and everyone thinks, 'It's not going to happen to me.'

"I know Josh Brent, and he's been part of our family since Jerry went to the University of Illinois. All I can do is to pray for him and his family. I know he is hurting just as much as we are, because (he) and Jerry were like brothers."

Said Jones on KRLD-FM, a local radio station: Jackson "wanted to be right with Josh and to express in every way she could how much they loved him and thought of him, and didn't want to have him grieve for his loss as a friend without being included in their family."

"It's so tragic when you think about that they were best friends. Josh was elated when Jerry came on the team, because they were such good friends and teammates in college. Josh, of course, was on the regular team and consequently had a place to live. Jerry was on the practice squad, and there's quite a difference in the economics that they make, so Jerry was living with Josh on Josh's generosity. Those guys were on the way to their house when this accident happened. It's so, so tragic for everybody involved."

Garrett said he expected Brent to be a part of the team's contingent at the private memorial service for Brown, a practice squad linebacker and former college teammate of Brent's at Illinois. The team would not disclose the time or location of the service but said Brown's family will attend.

"We certainly anticipate him being there tomorrow," Garrett said Monday. "He's certainly welcome to be there. He and Jerry Brown were very close and their families are close. I don't know if you've seen the well-wishes from Jerry's family with regards to Josh. I think that's a tribute to their friendship and the relationship they had for a long, long time together."

After the service, however, Brent's future is far from clear. In addition to the legal charges he faces - a conviction carries a sentence of 2-20 years in prison - Brent could be suspended while the case is pending under the NFL's player conduct policy or by the Cowboys.

Garrett said the team has not discussed any action regarding Brent's playing status.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports in an email that the league was in contact with the team on Monday and that the Cowboys would be making a determination on Brent's roster status.

"Let's wait and see what happens," Aiello said.

For now, Garrett said, the focus is on helping Brent cope with a tragedy.

"The focus with Josh is just to let him know that we're all here for him and to try to help him get through this day," Garrett said. "There's a lot of love on this team. There's a lot of love for the young man who passed away, and there's a lot of love for Josh Brent.

"What we want to do ... is let him know that he should feel supported everywhere he turns. We just want to make him feel like there are people around who can help him get through this thing day by day. ... We're trying to help him get through today. We all love him and we're going to be here for him."

 

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