Ever since Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was charged with intoxicated manslaughter following a car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown last December, Cowboy fans have been awaiting for the Dallas’ Front Office to act. Instead, Brent has taken that first step by announcing his retirement on Thursday.
Brent was facing punishment from the NFL, which was believed to be handed down before training camp started for the Cowboys on Saturday. By Brent retiring, the NFL has decided no action on their part is required.
According to a statement released by Brent, he believes it’s time that he focused on his life over sports:
“This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to. I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do.”
Brent failed two separate drug tests for marijuana while on bond. That resulted in him spending a week in jail.
Dallas drafted Brent in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Supplemental Draft out of Illinois, despite a ton of red flags. In June of 2009, he plead guilty to a DUI. He spent two months in jail. Brent also missed his senior season at Illinois because he was deem academically ineligible.
Brent’s three year career with the Cowboys ends with him recording just 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks.