Josh Brent, the driver involved in the fatal one-car car crash that killed his Dallas Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown, was spotted on the Cowboys sidelines Sunday. It was not met well in the realm of public opinion.
Ed Werder, reporting for ESPN gives us some background:
The Cowboys and officials in the NFL's offices were unaware that Brent — who is on the reserve/non-football injury list after being charged with intoxication manslaughter two weeks ago in the car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown — would be on the sideline Sunday during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas. Both the team and the league agree that it was not appropriate.
How did he even end up there in the first place?
Several of Brent's teammates urged him to attend Sunday's game, but coach Jason Garrett, who spoke to Brent the day before the game, didn't know about it until pregame warm-ups. The game already had begun when Garrett realized Brent was on the sideline, and owner Jerry Jones didn't know until he saw Brent on television. Garrett said Monday that Cowboys players were following the wishes of Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson. According to sources, Brent went to the game somewhat reluctantly. He was driven by a teammate on injured reserve who told Brent that all of his teammates wanted him to be there. Once Brent became aware that his presence was sparking a national debate, he left Cowboys Stadium in the third quarter.