Why The Dallas Cowboys Should Welcome Josh Brent Back

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Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys scoreboard displays a tribute to Jerry Brown Jr prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I’m expecting my first son in just a few weeks, and yet I understand that I’ll never be a mother. I’ll never understand that completely unconditional, hard-wired bond that 99 percent of all mother’s have for their children, and especially their first-born, as Brent was to Jackson.

I also pray that I never lose my child, but I won’t pretend to understand what that must be like for a mother who’s lost hers, period. Still, if Jackson is operating on a spiritual plane that allows her to immediately forgive and support the very man that would be so easy to hate, we all have something to learn here—again, that includes the legal system.

We’ve all heard the expression that justice is blind, right?

Well, if you happened to be waiting on a bus and then learned that it was being driven by a blind person, would you get on?

See?

I really believe that the legal system worked in this case. Without knowing much more than the fact that a juror was dismissed because he was wearing a Cowboys jacket during jury selection, it sure seems like the phrase “forgiveness” rang loud and clear in this case. This is what I applaud and that’s not to be confused with the tragic portion of this story.

Perhaps a better way to put it is this way: The legal system actually took it’s blindfold off in this situation and I’m betting that of the closest people involved in this case, nobody is disappointed at all. This is obviously true of Jackson, but it also includes numerous friends and perhaps other family members and players that Brent also knows.

As I was taking in this story from numerous angles, I found myself nearly shocked when stumbling across a Dallas Morning News poll which asked the simple question of whether or not the Dallas franchise should take Brent back, if and when he’s cleared to play again.

Upon casting my vote, I was astounded by the fact that some 62 percent of voters were actually in favor of seeing Brent return to the Cowboys.

Sure, many of those voting were thinking about victories and losses where their favorite football team is concerned. Then again, how many others were actually casting that vote of approval while considering all of the details in this case, such as the forgiveness factor brought forth by Jackson? I have to think that this number comes close to the 30-something percent that voiced disapproval of Brent’s return.

Frankly, I can understand why any given person feels the way they do. I have gone through both sides of the emotional spectrum concerning Brent. For example, I was completely befuddled in learning that Brent had access to a free limousine, courtesy of his employer, had he just picked up his phone—provided that he even knew where it was following as much alcohol consumption as he indulged in.

I simply find myself falling back to the clear realization that Brent is not Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who’s being accused of murder, and possibly more than just one.

Vengeance and judgment are two of the most seductive emotions that humans feel at one time or another.

Forgiveness, on the other hand, is probably one of the most difficult, yet righteous, emotions the human animal is capable of putting forth. It’s one of those things that seems to separate us from monkeys, felines, canines and so forth.

Anytime forgiveness follows a tremendous tragedy like the one surrounding Brent and Brown in late 2012, it’s not the wrong ending or some kind of injustice. On the contrary, it represents an immediate end to the tragedy itself.

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