Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (92) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Brent released from jail early, wants to re-join Dallas Cowboys following rehab

According to the Associated Press on Sunday, former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent has left jail following his conviction of intoxication manslaughter that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was sentenced back in January to serve 180 days in jail and was also given 10 years probation.

On Saturday it was reported that Brent was requesting to leave the jail and be transferred to a rehabilitation facility to serve out the rest of his sentence, as well as to deal with his alcohol and substance abuse issues that were brought to light by the unfortunate crash that killed Brown.

A Dallas District Attorney didn’t seem to be all that against the request.

“Rehab would help him get more help with those issues,” said Dallas County First Assistant District Attorney Heath Harris. “We’re not going to stand in the way of that.”

Even prior to Sunday’s events, it was no secret that when he is all done with his sentence, Brent would like to return to his life on the football field with the Cowboys, and Dallas owner Jerry Jones did not immediately shoot down the idea of having Brent back with the organization.

“I’ll weigh in on that when the time comes,” Jones said in February. “He’s retired and he has got a lot of work ahead of him. But obviously we hope he does all of the right things. And if he does, at some point, and he feels like he has got his priorities in the right order and he wants to play football, then, we’ll discuss that.”

There’s a lot of work to do yet for Brent and the Cowboys to make this a reality, but his release from jail and transfer to a rehab facility is a good step in the right direction.

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  • SmartThinking

    Why is it this website is full of stories about bad mistakes just waiting to happen? Has this Dallas team sunk to the level where they even consider taking back an out of shape convicted felon seventh round draft pick no one else in the entire league would touch with a ten foot pole and not one but two of the perennial worst team in football — Cleveland’s cast-offs? The reason is because they’ll work for a lot less money.

    I’m really getting tired of Dallas being the butt of every joke in the NFL simply because the management of this team is too cheap, too bad at their jobs and too stupid to see what kind of terrible publicity image these bad players are bringing to what was once the premier football franchise in the known universe. Now, it’s just a laughing stock full of easily beatable players and joke material for every sports writer and sports program in the country.

    This team used to have pride. Now, it’s well on its way to becoming the successor to Al Davis’ Oakland joke teams.