Dallas’ football team and officials in the NFL’s offices were not aware that Brent, who is currently on the reserve/non-football injury list after being charged with intoxication manslaughter two weeks ago in the car crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown, would be on the sideline Sunday during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. Both the team and the NFL agree that it was not the right thing to do.
In the mean time, a judge ordered Brent to wear an electronic ankle monitor, and also modified conditions for his continued release, lowering his bond from $500,000 to $100,000 during his Tuesday court appearance.
Several of his teammates were eager for Brent to to attend Sunday’s game, however coach Jason Garrett, who spoke to Brent the day before the game, didn’t know about it until pregame warm-ups.
The football game already had begun when Garrett figured out Brent was on the sideline, and owner Jerry Jones didn’t know until he saw Brent on television.
Earlier this week Garrett stated that Cowboys players were following the wishes of Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson.
Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player, was killed in a one-car accident involving Brent the day before the team’s Dec. 9 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
At the memorial service for her son, Stacey Jackson told the players to care for Brent and keep him involved with the Cowboys as much as possible. The team has expressed support for Brent since the accident, while making it clear that they do not condone drinking and driving.