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?


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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  • SmartThinking

    Bringing back Brent sends the wrong message that pampered, privileged football players don’t have to be responsible for their actions. After Brent pays the absolute minimum price for killing another individual, Big Daddy Jones will be there and give him a few million for his time off. Brent needs to atone. And we need to see him do it before he should be allowed the privilege of playing pro football again … for any team.

    • Christian Blood

      I agree, SmartThinking. Still, the law has spoken in this matter and it’s not like Brent got off any easier than normal folks in Texas that have been found guilty of the same infraction.

      So long as alcohol is going to be served at as many establishments as it is and young kids are given the kind of money they are to play a game they normally stop playing shortly after puberty, this is what the NFL is, period.

      There’s other messages to be absorbed here which extend far beyond the crash and fatality itself. This is my only point … in other words, if locking up Brent for 1,000 years would eliminate drunken driving then I might say go ahead. But this is far from the case.

      The NFL hasn’t been able to send positive messages to the fan base for decades now.

  • Scott.

    I agree that bringing back Brent sends the wrong message(smartthinking) and I also agree that the justice system showed flexibility because the mother of deceased was forgiving. Being part of the system for twenty plus years I have seen the positive and negatives of the system. Jerry’s though process on this just might be: I’m going to get critized whatever I do, the def line needs help so it makes sense.

    • Christian Blood

      Scott, that’s pretty much the deal. This is a business, and big businesses are never going to do without, period … at least not unless they have to.

      Locking up Brent for 20 years send no different message, legally speaking, than giving him 10 years probation.

      Let me add that while I would have no problem with him playing for the Cowboys again, I certainly would never let him behind the wheel of a car during those 10 years. That’s a completely different story.

  • GoalLineStan

    Brent coming back to Dallas is wrong, wrong, wrong! Whether the guy’s mother he killed forgave him is irrelevant. Until Brent demonstrates he’s sorry for what he did, he ought not to make millions from football.

    • Christian Blood

      Who are you, or I for that matter, to judge whether or not Brent is sorry? That’s pretty impossible to gauge, don’t you think?

      The law has spoken and that’s the final word in this situation.

      • SmartThinking

        You keep bringing up the law having spoken in this matter. Like that’s supposed to be some deciding factor in whether or not Brent is given another chance to contribute for this team.

        At least until the government changes that too, you have a right to express your opinion by writing the story. We have a right to express ours by responding. And you’re not the judge of how those responses go either so dial down the criticism about three or four notches.

        Everyone doesn’t think the same. That’s what makes reading these responses so interesting. Cut ole Stan a break and rejoice in the knowledge that people are actually engaged in a dialogue over something you wrote.

        Besides, the game’s passed Brent by.

        And that’s my opinion.

  • John

    Brown’s mother not only forgave Brent. She was the one who reached out to the Cowboys organization and told them to support Brent and not give up on him. It’s not his fault his job pays millions and yours don’t. Why should he lose his job over the incident when he’s already been punished.If you think playing in the NFL is a privilege. Then you clearly never played any big boy football before.