Judge Sets $500K Bond on Brent
Cowboys are 'grieving,' Jerry Jones says
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 9, 2012 3:20 PM CST
Dallas Cowboys players hang their heads during a moment of silence honoring teammate Jerry Brown who was killed in an automobile accident prior to today's game against the Bengals.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

(Newser) – Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent entered no plea at his arraignment in the death of teammate Jerry Brown today, and a judge set bond at $500,000, CNN reports. Brent was returned to jail following the hearing; his lawyer said the $500,000 figure was more than the team had authorized him to post. "I'd say the bond is 16 times higher than it would have been for anybody that doesn't play for the Dallas Cowboys," he tells CBS. Brown has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, which carries a potential 2- to 20-year sentence.

In an affidavit released today, police say Brent's car traveled 900 feet after hitting the curb. They say Brent was pulling Brown from the wreckage when they arrived, and that he refused to take a blood test. Earlier the 25-year-old told USA Today he was "devastated" over the incident. "I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life." His teammates feel much the same way, owner Jerry Jones said during a TV pregame show today. "I think that our team is grieving," he said. The Cowboys bowed their heads for a moment of silence before today's game, the AP reports.

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Dec 10, 2012 2:11 PM CST
This man committed murder and should be shown the EXACT SAME due process(or lack of it) that ANY other "common" guy would be shown. $500,000.00 bail for killing someone by sheer ignorance and negligence is NOT excessive !!! Arrogant,cocky and STUPID... I must admit, I just cannot find much feeling sorry for this idiotic stunt. I am very very sorry for the innocent man that lost his life to this fool and it is a shame that Brent will forever carry the scar of Brown's death but he is NO LESS accountable for his actions than ANYONE else.Drinking and driving is stupid..but maybe we should outlaw cars?? Sorry..I don't know where THAT came from......
Dec 10, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Never, EVER get into a car with someone you suspect is drunk.
Dec 9, 2012 10:22 PM CST
Interesting that NFL players have free chauffeured car service 24/7 specifically designed to prevent impaired players from getting behind the wheel. This was a union negotiated service: "Many of the NFL's teams (if not all) will provide players who feel they have been drinking too much (or think they might) with a car service. It's been called the safe rides program. Just call a number and -- boom -- instant free ride. " http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/19257583/trust-me-player-dui-arrests-are-about-more-than-poor-judgment Idiots. Both of them.