Update: After this article was published, Brent was released from jail. It is yet unclear if he will be required to report to or will voluntarily check himself into a rehabilitation center.
It’s seems more and more likely that former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will be rejoining the team once he’s out of jail. Brent is currently serving an 180-day jail sentence for intoxication manslaughter. He was convicted as the driver in a one-cat traffic accident back in December of 2012 that caused the death of his best friend and former Cowboys teammate, linebacker Jerry Brown. Now, Brent is asking to serve out the rest of his jail sentence at a in-patient rehabilitation facility.
According to what Dallas County First Assistant District Attorney Heath Harris told NBCDFW.com, Brent making this decision is probably the best choice for his future:
“”Rehab would help him get more help with those issues. We’re not going to stand in the way of that…We want to make sure that anyone placed on probation by a jury or a judge has a chance to be successful.”
Although a jury sentenced Brent to probation only, State District Judge Robert Burns added the 180 jail sentence citing his previous DUI history. Brent spent 60-days in jail after a pleading guilty to driving under the influence in June of 2009.
That same judge will now determine if Brent will finished out the rest his sentence in rehab or not. Regardless, the young defensive tackle is expected to be released in two months, just prior to Cowboys training camp starting in Oxnard, CA on July 24th.
As a member of the Cowboys from 2010 to 2012, the seventh round supplemental draft pick out of Illinois didn’t have outstanding numbers as a professional. In his three-year career, Brent recorded a total of 44 tackles and 1.5 sacks. But at the time, he was seen as a bright young back-up with potential. And the Cowboys front office has been on record saying they would consider a return by Brent after he’s paid his debt to society. With numerous questions surrounding the team’s current defensive line, it is conceivable Dallas would be open to adding depth to that side of the ball.
But don’t expect any on-the-field contributions anytime soon from Brent, if he’s re-signed by Dallas or any other team. Upon being reinstated from retiring last July, it is likely Brent will face stiff disciplinary action from the NFL for being found guilty of intoxication manslaughter. In a similar incident, former NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth was suspended for the entire 2009 season without pay. Stallworth returned to play three more seasons in the league afterwards. It is expected Brent will face a similar penalty, if he chooses to return to the NFL.