Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a one-car accident in which Jerry Brown, a member of the National Football League team’s practice squad, was killed, police said.
The accident happened at 2:21 a.m. local time yesterday in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, police spokesman John Argumaniz said in a statement.
Brent, 24, was driving at a high speed when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once. Police found Brown, 25, unresponsive at the scene and he was taken to the hospital, where he died, Argumaniz said.
“I am devastated and filled with grief,” Brent said in a statement released by his agent, Peter Schaffer. “I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”
Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, Argumaniz said. Brent was booked at the Irving jail on the intoxication manslaughter charge upon Brown’s death.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “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.”
Brent appeared in all 12 of Dallas’s games this season, starting five, recording 35 tackles and 1½ sacks. He was in his third NFL season from the University of Illinois.
Dallas signed Brown, who also went to the University of Illinois, to its practice squad on Oct. 24. He’d yet to appear on the active roster.
The Cowboys play at the Cincinnati Bengals today. Dallas (6-6) and Washington are tied for second place in the National Football Conference’s East Division, one game behind the New York Giants.
The accident happened a week after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide on Dec. 1.