Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday morning for intoxication manslaughter after a one-car crash that killed his teammate, Jerry Brown.
According to police, Brent’s car was driving at a very high speed along a State Highway 114 service road before hitting a curb around 2:30 a.m. The car flipped before skidding about 900 feet. Apparently the car caught fire because police reports say that Brent attempted the pull Brown from the burning car as police and paramedics arrived at the scene.
Brown was unresponsive and pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital. Not only were they teammates on the Cowboys’ team, the two also played together in college at Illinois.
Brent is facing a second-degree felony charge punishable by up to 20 years in prison. According to ESPN, in 2009 Brent was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail as part of a plea agreement stemming from a drunken driving arrest in Illinois.
Regardless of his sentencing, he will have to live with the fact that he killed his teammate and friend because he made the decision to drink and drive.