Local students react to Cowboys player accused of drunk driving

(KYTX) - Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent is out of jail on a $500,000 bond. His teammate and best friend, Jerry Brown, is dead. Brent is accused of driving drunk in the crash that killed Brown, early Saturday morning.

"It's kind of hard to see all the talent that he must have and then kind of waste it off that."

Brandon Lackner is the T.K. Gorman football captain and also plays on the school's basketball team.

"Instead of the individual, what you want to do, you have to think what's the right thing for the team." he says. 

24-year-old Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent walked out of the Irving jail with visible scrapes on his head and a bandaged right hand, but showed little emotion on camera.

"Jerry Brown is my dear best friend and I'm just trying to deal with his death right now." he says.

Gorman senior basketball player Laura Meads says she can't imagine something like that happening to one of her teammates.

"You are so close to your friends and you have to make the right decisions with your friends because there's no "I" in team."

That's why Gorman Athletic Director Jeff Smith says his coaches stress good-decision-making to all their students.

"Our kids are in a culture that they're tempted daily. We remind them of that constantly, that their choices will make a difference in their life and in their teammates lives."

Leslie Watson is with Mothers Against Drunk Driving East Texas. She says accidents like this remind us that no one is invincible.

"This is a high profile case and obviously brings attention back to the issue of drinking and driving and that it does affect everyone."

Players at Gorman say although they don't agree with Brent's actions over the weekend, the Dallas Cowboys are still a favorite here in East Texas, and they'll continue to root for America's team.

"I've always watched them as a kid with my dad and it's always an excitement." says Lackner.

Despite the weekend tragedy, the Cowboys rallied to win their game against the Bengals Sunday, 20 to 19.

Brent's case will go to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, then to a grand jury. The Cowboys plan to have a memorial for Jerry Brown on Tuesday.


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