The NFL is expected to have a decision about Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent sometime next week. Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter last December after he was involved in an accident that killed fellow teammate Jerry Brown. Since that incident, Brent has also failed two drug tests seemingly increasing the punishment expected to be doled out by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon.
The Cowboys organization has been very patient with Brent. Many believe it is because his mother pleaded with them to give her son another chance. After failing the additional drug tests, I’m not sure he has any left. The Dallas Morning News’ Tim Cowlishaw thinks Dallas inaction concerning Brent could actually hurt them:
“…the manner in which (the Cowboys) has refused to step forward in the Brent case is the kind of cruel joke that should turn Cowboys’ fans stomachs and maybe, just maybe cause them to think twice about buying tickets and supporting Jones and his reckless disregard for anything other than winning football games.”
Unfortunately, having players in trouble with the law is nothing new for the organization. Names like Dwayne Goodrich, Michael Irvin and more recently Jay Ratliff come to mind.
ESPNDallas.com’s Todd Archer described Brent’s ordeal a bit differently:
“The Cowboys kept Brent as close to the team as possible, even though he never took the field in an offseason practice. They have waited for the legal system to do its job. They have waited for the NFL to penalize Brent under its personal conduct policy. And now Brent has repaid the team’s patience by failing a second drug test. How can the Cowboys ever trust him again”
Archer told ESPN on Thursday that he expects Brent to get a year’s suspension from the league next week, before the Cowboys training camp starts. He quoted a similar case against wideout Donte Stallworth a few years ago that he based the expected suspension length on.
The Cowboys need to part ways with Brent. And a ruling from the NFL seems like what they have been waiting for.