Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was arrested Saturday on an intoxication manslaughter charge connected to the death of Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr., Irving, Texas, police confirmed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Irving police confirmed Brent is being processed on the charge, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Police said Brent is scheduled for a magistrate hearing Sunday.
According to a report released by Irving police, Brent was behind the wheel of a car at 2:21 a.m. when it hit a curb, causing the vehicle to flip at least once before coming to rest in the middle of a service road. When officers arrived on the scene, Brent was responsive and able to speak. Brown, 25, was unresponsive and transferred to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officers suspected alcohol played a role in the accident and had Brent perform field sobriety tests. Brent was eventually taken into custody. The charges were altered when police learned Brown had died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
The Cowboys confirmed Brown's death as the team prepared for Sunday's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Team owner Jerry Jones released a statement of condolence:
"We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown," the statement read. "At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him."
Brent and Brown were college teammates at Illinois and were living together, a team source told Rapoport.
Most teams have programs that every player is encouraged to use and save the number, where people wait on standby to come and pick you, and your vehicle up if you are intoxicated and need a ride. I know the Cowboys have this program.
Feel bad for the passenger.