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Jerry Jones: Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks.

Jones said Wednesday from training camp that Brent was released from rehab this week.

The 26-year-old Brent was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years' probation. He left jail last month and entered a rehab facility in Dallas.

A spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office didn't return a message, and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league had nothing new on Brent's case.

Brent retired last year and will have to apply for reinstatement. He could face a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.

The release from rehab came about the same time the Cowboys lost rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence for at least two months with a broken right foot. Dallas is revamping its defensive line after releasing franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in March.

Brent had been a backup but was starting at the time of the fatal crash in the Dallas suburb of Irving.

"He has played at a level before that would help us, yes, and obviously we're trying to build this defensive line," Jones said. "I know that one thing for sure, he is contrite and I know he feels one of the best ways to pay his debt to what he feels to the family is to do what he does the best and that is be a football player."

Brent crashed his Mercedes sedan on the way back from a nightclub. Brown was in the passenger's seat. Witnesses recalled seeing Brent trying to pull Brown from the wreckage of the vehicle.

Tests later showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas.

Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, testified she had forgiven Brent. Brent and Brown were college teammates at the University of Illinois and roommates in Texas, where Brown was a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys.

"He can be a great example," Jones said. "There's no place like the NFL to rehab your credibility or show that you are contrite. It's a great opportunity for him under the circumstances to have made the mistake that he made to do some real good, help a lot of people and basically leave a better taste in people's mouths about Josh Brent."

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emdn0703 July 31 2014 at 3:14 AM

It was bad enough to see this drunk-driving murderer on the sidelines, of the games, but if this felon ends up with another NFL contract, I will never watch professional football again. There should be a rule that no one with a felony conviction should be allowed to play professional sports. These men are supposed to be held to a higher standard. They certainly get paid enough for it so I say, "It's high time we held them to it!".

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dbmcc100 July 31 2014 at 7:32 AM

Jerry Jones is the same a**hole who said "boys will be boys" after his team destroyed a college campus during spring training in the 90's. He'll tolerate ANYTHING to make a buck. This article hits a t the heart of the NFL - money trumps everything, even a human life..

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Susan Bond dbmcc100 July 31 2014 at 3:57 PM

Jones is a waste of human flesh. He still believes he can't be touched. I can't wait to see him fall... just hope it's SOON.

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rhill65 July 31 2014 at 6:06 AM

I have absolutely NO sympathy for this LOSER. I wish the NFL had a ZERO tolerance regarding individuals like this but no, they must keep perpetuating the USE AND LOSE policy!
Many of these clowns, either never attended college or if so, did only as a means to get into the NFL.
the NFL, a.k.a. the PIMP DADDY of them all; usually accepts most of these zeroes with open arms.
Yeah, these guys get " grand theft money" which to the " over seers"(owners), is much like " feeding the sparrows through the horses"!

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jjfu July 31 2014 at 6:44 AM

Just what the kids need, another ex con in professional sports. What a hell of an example. They are going to think the best way to get into the NFL is to murder some dogs or whack out on some crack. What total bullshit.

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rjen164497 July 31 2014 at 7:09 AM

Take the stripes off the tiger , it is still a tiger. Bring him back and he will still live under a bridge 10 years from now. Jones is an idiot.

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HCC11111 July 31 2014 at 7:22 AM

Lets see kill someone and get 180 days in jail and possibly a new NFL contract. HMMMMM my ex better watch her P.s and Qs.

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reygato July 31 2014 at 10:32 AM

Both Jones and Brent are low life scumbags, so why wouldn't they want to work together. Jones has a long history of hiring criminals and thugs, which sets a poor example and sends a bad message to kids... "Hey break the law all you want as long as you are a good athlete"

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vtmichaelb July 31 2014 at 4:56 AM

What's the example? You can make a lot of money playing a game, blow it all, go to jail, get out, make a lot more money playing a game, of course you know what comes next...yup great example!

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buddwhyzr July 31 2014 at 10:52 AM

Jerry Jones needs to learn how to be an owner. He is NOT a GM, he should NOT be involved in the draft, he is NOT even a football guy. Hire people who are qualified and get the hell out of the way.
Cowboys record in the JJ era? 126-126

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Susan Bond buddwhyzr July 31 2014 at 4:00 PM

But he struts around like cock-of-the-walk spewing nonsense about "America's Team".... America's Team my ***. They get a following by some fair-weather fans... and they think they're all that. See how many of these so-called fans jumped ship after the "Romo years". And they're going to stick with him. Jerrah is dumber than he looks.

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Loel Lund buddwhyzr July 31 2014 at 4:02 PM

The owner should fire the general manager.

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arnold.smith2027 July 31 2014 at 8:44 AM

The NFL is unique..... A person is killed, a female is battered, dogs are abused and the list goes on by 'Professionals'. They are convicted for felonies, return to the NFL and make millions. In the real world a true professional entity wouldn't tolerate such... regardless of second chances.

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