Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hasn’t wavered in his support for Josh Brent and says that the former defensive tackle would have a roster spot if he is allow to play by the NFL.
Brent, who was convicted last January of intoxication manslaughter in the December 2012 auto crash in which his friend and teammate Jerry Brown was killed, will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday and may have to serve a suspension before he can play again. Brent was released from a drug and alcohl rehabilitation facility in which he was allowed to spend the final 45 days of his 180-day jail sentence.
“We wouldn’t have it today, but we would make a roster spot,” Jones said (via the Dallas Morning News’ Cowboys blog).
That is in line with the Cowboys’ support ever since the tragedy occurred. After Brown’s family members said they forgave him, the Cowboys allowed Brent, 26, on the sideline at games. Although Brent said he was retiring last year, he is interested in resuming his career.
“Good judgment tells you, let this happen on the commissioner’s time,” Jones said. “I don’t want to be presumptuous. He looks and should look at all discipline situations straight to the player and the individual and the situation and I know that for a fact, so the answer is no, I wouldn’t dare ask him to hurry up his judgment in that area.”