Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was indicted on a charge of intoxication manslaughter over a crash that killed a teammate who was riding with him in his car in a suburb of Dallas, according to prosecutors.
The indictment by a grand jury in state court in Texas yesterday follows the Dec. 8 crash in Irving that killed Brent’s friend Jerry Brown, who was on the team’s practice squad, said Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for the Dallas District Attorney’s Office.
Brent was released from jail on a $100,000 bond and is required to wear an ankle bracelet that reads his blood-alcohol level, Denmon said. Intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, she said.
Brent’s lawyer, George Milner III, wasn’t immediately available for comment on the indictment.
The crash happened when the car, which was moving at a high rate of speed, flipped at least once after hitting a curb, according to police. Brent had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Brent, who attended Brown’s funeral and has had the support of Brown’s family, said in a statement after the accident that he was devastated and would live with the “horrific and tragic loss every day” for the rest of his life.
At the prompting of Brown’s mother and his teammates, Brent attended the Cowboys’ Dec. 16 game and stood on the sideline in street clothes as players, wearing Brown’s No. 53 on their helmets, shared in a moment of silence. Brent’s appearance drew criticism from some and two days later the team banned him from the sideline, according to ESPN.
A defensive tackle, Brent is in his third season in the National Football League after playing at the University of Illinois. He had started five games this season.
Brown, who also attended Illinois, joined the Cowboys’ practice squad on Oct. 24. He had yet to appear on the active roster.