On Sunday afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys will take the field for the second time following the death of their teammate Jerry Brown, who was killed in a fatal car accident. Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Brent and Brown have a strong connection. The two were roommates, best friends and some even say there were more like brothers. The two had been teammates since their time at the University of Illinois.
While Brent has to live with what he did, Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, wanted to let Brent know that he has been forgiven for the unfortunate accident that took his life.
In fact, Brown’s mother doesn’t want to see Brent prosecuted following the intoxication manslaughter charges.
“I’ve forgiven him, because he has enough on his plate with just reliving the whole thing over and over, and that’s going to be for the rest of his life,” Jackson said.
Jackson asked Brent to join her for her son’s memorial service last week and that is when she let him know he was forgiven.
“[Brent] just knew that I was going to blame him, or go off on him or hit him – but no,” Jackson said. “Jerry would frown down on me if I did that, because that’s not the way I raised him. He wouldn’t want you to blame yourself, because both of y’all didn’t have seat belts. It was like a little burden lifted off [Brent].”
We could all understand if the family was furious with Brent for making the tragic decision to get behind of the wheel, but Brown’s entire family seems to be standing behind Brent.
Not only Stacey Jackson, but Brown’s grandmother, Theresa Clark, also said the family has forgiven Brent.
“If anybody should be mad, we should be mad. But we’re not mad,” Clark said. “That boy loved him. That was his friend. It was just an accident.”
Brent is surely in a bad place knowing what the result of his decision and car accident was, but the support of his friend’s family has to bring a small bit of comfort during this rough time.
During today’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cowboys will be wearing a “53” decal to honor Brown.