More NFL tragedy: Jerry Brown dead, teammate Josh Brent arrested, and the NFL 2012 Week 14 Preview
Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger,...
LOS ANGELES, December 8, 2012 – Another tragedy has shaken the National Football League and has fans lamenting “Please, no. Not again. No. God no.”
Only one week after the tragic murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher the Dallas Cowboys have a nightmare involving one dead player and another one with a life that is completely wrecked.
At some point fans want to just shut their eyes and watch football. Living in denial allows for an exciting stretch run of games.
The death of human beings forces us to live in the real world.
These deaths were needless, and another black eye for the National Football League. When Saturday began, both nose tackle Josh Brent and defensive end Jerry Brown were scheduled to play in the Dallas Cowboys game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brown had just been elevated from the practice squad, and had just gotten his chance a week earlier on the big stage.
Now Brown will never play football again and Brent most likely will not either. Normally there is a call for caution as everyone waits for the facts to come in. This time it seems the details are already apparent.
At 2:30am on Saturday morning, Mr. Brent was driving his Mercedes at a high speed in Irving Texas, just outside of Dallas. He had alcohol in his system and would flunk a sobriety test. Once the car crash came, the automobile caught fire. While police officers came to the scene and put out the fire, they could not save the man in the passenger seat.
Mr. Brown is gone forever, taken from this world at twenty-five years old. Mr. Brent has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter, which carries a prison sentence in Texas from two to twenty years.
Circumstances do not favor a light sentence for Mr. Brent. He is a repeat offender, and a recent one at that. In 2009 he pleaded guilty to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and was sentenced to sixty days in jail plus two years of probation.
He completed his probation successfully in 2011, but December of 2012 has rendered that meaningless. Now he has taken a life.
This tragedy actually magnifies the Jovan Belcher situation from last a week earlier. That situation caused people to try and blame guns for the tragedy. Some people even wanted to ban football. The Josh Brent debacle has nothing to do with guns or football. This involved the all too common combination of fast cars, excessively high speeds, and excessive alcohol.
Fast cars are not going to be banned. Excessively high speeds are already illegal. The word is called “excessive” for a reason. Prohibition of alcohol failed once and will not be brought back again.
The very worst part of this situation brought on by Mr. Brent is that it will happen again. Alcohol is a drug, and deaths from alcohol and drugs keep happening because too many people think they are immune. The worst possible situation happens to “others.”
In 1986, the National Basketball Association was rocked with the cocaine overdose death of Boston Celtics star draftee Len Bias. Yet only eight days later, Cleveland Browns safety Don Rogers also died in the same manner. Even worse, Don Rogers died the day before his wedding.
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